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Write a comparative discussion of 'Wild Swans at Coole' and 'The Second Coming' focusing on Yeats's varied themes and style

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Write a comparative discussion of 'Wild Swans at Coole' and 'The Second Coming' focusing on Yeats's varied themes and style. Approximately 500 words. These two poems, written by the same author focus on different aspects of what was happening in his life. They are written at different times and are concerned with what is happening in his life at the time. One is concerned with world issues, such as the aftermath of World War 1, and the other, a contemplation of different aspects of his life. Both use different techniques and styles to emphasise these differing themes. 'The Second Coming' was written just after WW1 had finished, but the fighting still carried on in Ireland, and the communist revolution in Russia had just occurred. ...read more.

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so, understandably he was depressed at the time. 'Wild Swans at Coole' has a rhyming pattern (ABCBDD) and a consistent number of lines in each stanza. This predictability of pattern and numbers, I think, represents the predictability of the swans, the fact that they always come back to the same place at the same time, and the consistency of their numbers, there are always 59. whereas, on the other hand, in 'The Second Coming' there is no rhyming pattern at all and no fixed number of lines for each stanza. This emphasizes the unpredictable future that he is writing about, no one knows who, what, how or when this new god or beast will arise. ...read more.

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'Wild Swans at Coole' has a very different mood, it is serene, reminiscent, and melancholic. The images of 'autumn beauty', 'the dry woodland paths', 'brimming water', 'great broken wings', 'brilliant creatures', 'twilight', 'companionable streams' and 'drifting on the still water' create this mood. 'The Second Coming' uses frequent semicolons to give the reader a sense broken sentences to emphasise the image of a broken world, it uses present participles, the repetition of the sound 'ing', it creates a giddying tension, preparing the reader for the terror ahead. Whereas, in 'Wild Swans at Coole' Yeats has used colour and prosaic objects to enhance the natural images of autumn and the swans. These two very different poems have different themes, styles and techniques. Yeats uses lots of different techniques to get his point across to the reader. ...read more.

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