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Commentary on "The Cold Heaven" by W.B.Yeats

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Introduction

´╗┐The Cold Heaven ?The Cold Heaven?, is about Yeats? is a poem dedicated to his one and only true love, Maud Gonne, it is a true Romantic poem with feeling expressed and it is inspired by nature as well as prompting the reader to reflect at regular intervals. He expresses his regret and guilt over their failed love together and believes that he will be punished after death for it, which relates the title ?The Cold Heaven,? which isn?t surprising because he was a devote Irish catholic and this was believed extensively. He gives us the impression that he has behaved badly in his relationship with Maude Gonne and is full with ?a bleak spasm of guilt? when in fact she is the one who should have been feeling guilty because he proposed to her many times but she was very heartless in rejecting him every time, when it is obvious that he is madly in love with her. ...read more.

Middle

feeding off of it, and he has lost control over his emotions,? so wild,? which shows how over the top he has gone. The use of the relative pronouns, ?this and that,? and,? casual thought,? gives an idea of a mundane feel and making it seem like his love and obsession with Maud Gonne is his everything in his life, and everything else is worthless without that drive to feed his desire to succeed. Then there is a dramatic pause created by the enjambment with the gap between,? this/vanished,? which could mean that he believes that the feelings he holds towards Gonne have finally gone, or he thinks they should of gone and that pause is his thinking time to justify why they haven?t. Plus in the next line he says, ?left but memories, that should be out of season,? which implies that he wants the memories and emotions to just leave him, and go away so he can get over her and Yeats shows his passion for Gonne, his first love, by saying, ?the hot blood of youth?, ...read more.

Conclusion

Enjambment is used when he says sent/Out naked on the road, ? and the fact that ?out? is left on its own places it in a strong position so emphasise it more, also the metaphor in that phrase makes the ghost seem almost human, and very vulnerable, it gives a image of homelessness and what this passion can do to a man. The use of the past participle, ?stricken,? makes it seem inflicted, and the,? injustice of the skies,? is a counter to Christianity because he seems to disagree with the overpowering good nature of heaven and God, and the skies make it seem so impersonal, a power that is not seen whereas it also relates with the title. He imagines what will happen to him after death, what will become of him because of his uncontrollable expressions of love, and leaving it with a question mark gives it a inconclusive feel as he has no answer. Yeats expresses his passion towards Maud Gonne in many ways throughout this poem, he ...read more.

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