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W.B. Yeats - A Fisherman vs September 1913

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By close examination of - 'The Fisherman' and one other appropriately selected poem, discuss the effectiveness of the poetic methods used by Yeats to present his opinion of the Ireland of his time. 'The Fisherman' was a poem written in February 1916 by Yeats. The poem reflects Yeats vision of the ideal Irishman as 'A Fisherman'. 'September 1913' was a direct response by Yeats to the Dublin Lockout of 1913. Yeats contrasts the present Ireland with the past. 'September 1913' consists of 4 equal stanzas with an A B A B rhyme scheme at the beginning of each Stanza, written in the form of verse. 'The Fisherman' consists of 3 stanzas with once again an A B A B rhyme scheme at the beginning of each stanza written in the form of verse. In the first stanza of 'The Fisherman', Yeats uses the fisherman as a symbol of the ideal Irishman. "Although I can see him still The freckled man who goes To a grey place on a hill In grey Connemara clothes At dawn to cast his flies, It's long since I began To call up ...read more.


as a fisherman does not exist in the Ireland of his time: "Imagining a man, And his sun-freckled face, And grey Connemara cloth, Climbing up to a place Where stone is dark under froth, And the down-turn of his wrist When the flies drop in the stream; A man who does not exist, A man who is but a dream; And cried, 'Before I am old I shall have written him one poem maybe as cold And passionate as the dawn." Yeats expresses within the last stanza that he will use poetry to make his point, his poetry is his weapon and his defence against what he was as the onslaught of the mindane world of his time. This is a great effectiveness by Yeats presenting his opionion of the Ireland of his time. In contrast to 'September 1913', in the first stanza Yeats takes a direct shot at the shopkeepers and the petty of them adding the 'halfpence to the pence' He contrasts the Ireland of his time and the Ireland of his past within the first stanza of the poem: "What need you being come to ...read more.


But let them be they're dead and gone, They're with O'Leary in the grave." Referring to the Ireland of his time's societies giving as 'weighing so lightly' towards what the Ireland of his past gave. He finishes noting that not just Romantic Ireland is with O'Leary in the grave but also are the heroes (Fitzherald, Tone, Emmet) are too. In a way he is concluding that nothing that anybody can do in the Ireland of his time will live up to them. Another effective way in presenting his opinion of the Ireland of his time. In conclusion, within 'The Fisherman' Yeats personifies an ideal Irishman to a fisherman which he goes onto describe, and contrast this idea fisherman to the Ireland of his time. In 'September 1913' Yeats contrasts the Ireland of his past (Fitzherald, Tone, Emmet) to the scathing Ireland of his time, at a time he felt was right for him (Dublin Lockout). Ireland was a theme right throughout Yeats poetry and the ever so 'changing' Ireland of his time in such other poems such as 'Sailing To Byzantium', 'The Muncipal Gallery Revisited' and more. Paulo Ross AS English 13S ...read more.

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