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The theme of the beauty and mystery of life in Yeats' "Wild Swans at Coole".

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´╗┐Explain how Yeats presents the beauty and mystery of life, love and human experience in ?Wild Swans At Coole? ?Wild Swans at Coole? was written in the later stage of Yeats?s poetic life at the age of 51; 19 years after his first visit to Coole Park. Yeats is possibly seen to be reminiscent of his times as a young man with the world ahead of him as he compares himself to the majestic swans. His envy and appreciation of the swan can be seen to reflect on his love and experiences, and the true nature of Yeats. Additionally, the uncertain future of the swans and the doubt of their existence later on could suggest how mysterious and unpredictable life is and that there is a lack constants in life. These broad themes are also present in Yeats?s earlier poems such as ?The Stolen Child? where human experiences are seen to be taken away by the fairies. Also, the theme of mystery is shared in the image of the gyres in multiple poems. However, the themes in ?Wild Swans at Coole? are also quite different to some poems which reflect on Yeats?s conflicted writing and his experiences in life. The theme of the beauty and mystery of life is explored throughout the poem. Yeats is seen to be in awe of the swans and their brilliance. ...read more.

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This is further emphasis by Yeats belittling their sacrifice and almost stating it as madness to show that there is no beauty and reward in life. ?The Wild Swans at Coole? has an overarching theme of love as Yeats is in love with the swans in the park as they remind him of when he ?trod with a lighter tread? as his first visit to the park was at 32 years of age. Hence, the swans allowing him to remember better times can be inferred as Yeats seeing an image of him in the swans. His love for the swans is further emphasised by the lyrical song, ballad, like structure through the use of iambic metres and a complex a-b-c-b-d-d rhyme scheme. The purpose of the ballad is there to tell a story and Yeats uses this to tell the reader about his story of change and love in the swans. Also, the love for the swans is shown by the romanticism that Yeats shows as he remembers. This is seen by the phrase ?Nine-and- fifty swans?. The fact that Yeats still has clear knowledge of how many swans there were and still are, can show pure love. Moreover, the structure of the phrase being ?nine-and-fifty? rather than simply ?fifty-nine? is a more musical and romantic which emphasises Yeats?s love. However, Yeats feels envy because of the swans. ...read more.

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Finally, the final sense of vision is seen through ?I saw, before I had finished?. The idea of Yeats not being to finish what he was looking at, can suggest that there is too much to experience in life are infinite and there are no boundaries. Similarly this is seen other poems as in ?The Stolen Child? the experiences that the child will be missing out on as seen by ?kettle on the hob?. This can perhaps signify that experiences in life can be simplistic yet amazing. However, in poems like ?The Second Coming? life experiences are horrifying. This is seen by the quote ?The darkness drops again? as it shows that darkness is imminent in life; further emphasised by ?again? suggesting that it has happened before. Overall, the mystery, beauty of life is an overarching theme in the poem ?The Wild Swans at Coole?. Yeats uses the rhetoric question to suggesting the uncertainty of life and of the swans. Moreover, the beauty is also depicted from the swans as Yeats is truly in awe of their majestic nature. Moreover, the theme of love is seen by Yeats?s love for the swans however, there is envy as he feels that they have too much love in comparison to his love life. Additionally, the human experiences are present through the sensual description that Yeats has experienced. There are multiple other poems which share similar views as ?The Wild Swans at Coole? however, some have very different views and completely obscure in comparison to this one. ...read more.

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