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In your view, how have poetic techniques been used to reveal memorable ideas in Yeats poetry?

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´╗┐In your view, how have poetic techniques been used to reveal memorable ideas in Yeats? poetry? William Butler Yeats clever manipulation of language through the use of poetic techniques has allowed him to instill amongst his readers memorable and at times provocative ideas, ensuring his works endure throughout time. In his selected poems, The Second Coming and The Wild Swans at Coole Yeats illuminates our understanding of the complexity of conflicting desire, the passage of time and its alteration of perception. It is through this poetic treatment of ideas that Yeat?s effectively enlightens the reader to memorable ideas about the nature of humanity. The Second Coming, written in 1916 and published in 1919 explores the conflicting desires of the poet, William Butler Yeats, during a period of inevitable revolution and copious bloodshed. Yeats?s theory on the shifting of the metaphysical gyres states that a complete reversal of values is immanent and will ultimately bring about revolutionary change and the end of the Christian dominated era.Yeats fear of carnage and needless death is indicative of his context as the world was overwhelmed with WWI, the Bolshevik Revolution and the 1916 Easter Uprising. ...read more.

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Yeats explores the passage of time through seasonal imagery ?the nineteenth autumn has come upon me?. The setting of the poem is highly symbolic of Yeats stage in his life with ?autumn? and ?twilight? both suggesting a time of decline and transition. The sombre tone of the poem is established through the connotations of deterioration and death associated with autumn. Yeats examines his own private emotional upheavals as he acknowledges his loneliness and loss of vigour as he reaches middle age: ?and now my heart is sore.? The poet reflects on his impending mortality in direct contrast to the perennial youth of the swans through his use of archaic language which suggests an inversion of time when he talks of the ?nine-and-fifty swans.? This inversion of the passage of time emphasises the beauty and mortality of the swans in direct contrast to the melancholic views of the poet in regards to his ageing process. ...read more.

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By comparing the rise of polytheism to the birth of Christ, Yeats examines these conflicting desires and the provocative ideas which shape the private mindset of the poet and the poem itself. Thus, through Yeats sophisticated poetic treatment of ideas, the reader is engaged and their understanding of Yeats poetry is enhanced as the provocative concept of the cyclical nature of history leads them to wonder what the future may hold. Furthermore, in The Wild Swans at Coole the melancholic mood of the poem can also be directly attributed to the context in which Yeats was writing ? in which both his lover Maude Gonne and her daughter had refused his marriage proposals.The idea that one of the ?nine-and-fifty? swans is alone metaphorically represents Yeats as a lone, unpaired soul who, like the unrounded numbers, feels incomplete. The swans become an objective correlative to represent Yeats?s solitary state and feelings of isolation. ...read more.

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