This was destined fixed by fate. Leda later gave birth to another girl named Clytemnestra who caused the tragedy of Agamemnon. Stories about sex with animals were fairly common in classical societies like Ancient Greece, and the myth of Leda and the swan was once well known. Analysis of Leda and the Swan. The first symbol in the poem would be the falcon. A sudden blow: the great wings beating still Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill, He holds her helpless breast upon his breast. Where the slow lifting of the tide, floats into the river and slowly drifts among the reeds, and lifts the yellow flags, he floats where tide and river meet.
The poet narrates the story vividly, dramatically, and with almost a Dantesque concentration. We wandered from pine-hills through oak and scrub-. The octave was split in two stanzas; the sestet is broken in its third line. Yeats to Dorothy Wellesley, Oxford University Press, 1940. During the entire first decade of the 20th century Yeats was extremely active in the management of the Abbey Theatre company, choosing plays, hiring and firing actors and managers, and arranging tours for the company.
In the due course, the girl gave birth to Helen, who, in turn, became the cause of Trojan War, and the burning of the roof and tower of Troy and also of the destruction of big wall around Troy. Yeats, two volumes, Macmillan, 1906, revised edition, 1912. One question this poem invites us to ponder is: what, exactly, is fair game for artistic content, and poetry in particular? You can find more great poetry recommendations with this , these , and these. We should say a word about how we might view this poem from an ethical perspective. Dharmender is awesomely passionate about Indian and English literature, and continuously read poems of many different poets. She started taking interest in the act with her cooperation. He writes this poem after World War I, around 1919.
There he continued to devote himself to Irish subjects, writing poems, plays, novels, and short stories—all with Irish characters and scenes. He continued to write plays, including Sophocles' King Oedipus and Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus translations performed with masks in 1926 and 1927 and The Words upon the Window Pane 1934 , a full-length work about spiritualism and the 18th century Irish writer. Yeats to John O'Leary and His Sister, edited by Allan Wade, New York Public Library, 1953. Yeats Macmillan, 1933 The Poetical Works of William B. Disdaining Eliot's flat rhythms and cold, dry mood, Yeats wanted all art to be full of energy. Born the son of a well known Irish painter and religious skeptic had many influences in his life. Others from that group moved, eventually, to a small Theosophical community in the West, there to help create our modern world.
Did she put on his knowledge with his power Before the indifferent beak could let her drop? Does it suggest that Leda should have learned from her experience with Zeus, and that what follows — the Trojan War, begun because of a woman she brought into the world — is partly her fault? Selected Bibliography The Collected Poems of W. Also author of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales, 1918. Auden who praised Yeats as the savior of English lyric poetry , , , and. He belonged to the Protestant, Anglo-Irish minority that had controlled the economic, political, social, and cultural life of Ireland since at least the end of the 17th century. The second quatrain stanza 2 shows the helplessness of the delicate and beautiful maiden Leda being subjected to sexual exploitation by the swan and Jupiter. His brilliant rhetorical accomplishments, strengthened by his considerable powers of rhythm and poetic phrase, have earned wide praise from readers and, especially, from fellow poets, including W.
Where the slow lifting of the tide, floats into the river and slowly drifts among the reeds, and lifts the yellow flags, he floats where tide and river meet. He asks how Leda's body could help not feeling the heart or emotion of the swan. Yeats avoided what he considered the obscurity of Blake, whose poetic images came from mystical visions rather than from the familiar physical world. Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of. We worshipped inland— we stepped past wood-flowers, we forgot your tang, we brushed wood-grass. Applying this pattern both to historical eras and to individuals' lives, Yeats observed that a person completes the phases as he advances from birth to maturity and declines toward death.
If I were a god, I could take the heavenly sky and make a blanket out of it for you. Zeus , in the form of a big bird, Swan is represented as giving a sudden and staggering blow to the girl Leda bathing naked in a pool. In Dublin, where Yeats had assumed permanent residence in 1922 after maintaining a home for 30 years in London , the government even posted armed sentries at his door. Yeats, James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, Wolfe Tone, Oscar Wilde, Edward Carson, Wolfhound Press Dublin, Ireland , 1996. After the description and meditation about the rape in the octave, the poet makes a claim that the conception was the seed of destruction and not of knowledge and wisdom.
O be swift— we have always known you wanted us. From these sessions Yeats formulated theories about life and history. With marriage came another period of exploration into complex and esoteric subjects for Yeats. How can those terrified vague fingers push The feathered glory from her loosening thighs? In addition, he produced book reviews, usually on Irish topics. Leda and the Swan Analysis The fourteen lines of this sonnet are divisible into three quatrains of four lines each and a couplet two lines.
Yeats's allegiance to poetic tradition did not extend, however, to what he considered an often obscure, overly learned use of literary and cultural traditions by and Pound. The king of Greek gods and goddesses living on Mount Olympus, Zeus or Jupiter appeared to Leda in the form of a Swan, and made love to her. And how can body, laid in that white rush, But feel the strange heart beating where it lies? Yeats's poems and plays produced during his senate term and beyond are, at once, local and general, personal and public, Irish and universal. Yeats is a Irish poet, who came from Protestant parentage. This single act, Yeats tells us, brings about the Trojan War and, with it, the end of Greek civilisation and the dawn of a new largely Christian age. Where the slow lifting of the tide, floats into the river and slowly drifts among the reeds, and lifts the yellow flags, he floats where tide and river meet.