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To what extent is Yeats concerned with his status of a victim of unrequited love?

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´╗┐Aaron Danelian To what extent is Yeats concerned with his status of a victim of unrequited love? Within ?the Cold Heaven?, Yeats projects his status as a victim of unrequited love through the use of paradox within the poem. Within ?the Cold Heaven?, Yeats offers a vision of impassioned guilt which is triggered by natural beauty; a wintry sky. The use of paradox ?ice burned and was but more ice? suggests a concern with the afterlife and of heavenly judgement. Furthermore, Yeats makes clear that as a lover, time does not erode the memory and that he himself is gripped by the intensity of feelings. The tumult emotion further stirs the imagination and shows that Yeats is ?possessed by memory?. Also, ice connotes a death, but furthermore, distant love as ?burned? conveys the heat of the passion of the lovers. ?Ice cold? furthermore suggests the feeling of painfulness of the loss and the speaker caught overwhelmed by emotions and former feelings of love. ...read more.

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Alternatively, ?the Cold Heaven? structurally is very poetically organised. The poem consists of twelve alexandrines rhyming in the form of (ababcdcdefef). The three quatrains each move to form recognisable emotional experience and speculation of love interest also. Furthermore the tight regularity of structure is appropriate for the poem which offers such concentrated and yet controlled love passion. Equally in ?Wild Swans? the structure reflects the perfect symmetry of the scene as five six lined stanzas of alternating four and three lines, which rhyme in the form of abcbdd. Contextually, Yeats was a poet who is famously known for his obsession with Maud Gonne, which dates back to 1889, ?the troubling of my life began?. Despite proposals of marriage, Maud Gonne remained a muse and simply a source of inspiration. She is often identified with Helen of Troy who drove men to folly and destruction. Gonne becomes a symbol of the drive of the complexity of human relationships and unrequiting love. ...read more.

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Furthermore, Yeats stresses that his problems bring pain and are a riddle or puzzle in which love is ?out of season? and should be dead. However, Yeats leaves blame ?took the blame cut all sense and reason?. This quotation has duel meanings as Yeats takes more blame than reason demanded or that he took the blame because of his own guild that cannot be dictated to by sense or reason. In comparison, to ?Among school Children?, the poet again undergoes extreme emotional turmoil, which stirs the imagination and transforms the reality of the present in a vivid past. ?She stands before me as a living child? which shows former youth restored as his lover, but is soon dispelled by the image of her in the present reality. ?Her present image floats to mind/Did Quattro Centro finger fashion?. Yeats uses a reference to Da Vinci, but dwells? upon the erosion of his lovers? beauty. However, it could also be suggested that Yeats is conveying that Maud Gonne still represents artistry even in her old and decrepit fashion. ...read more.

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