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Pre 20th century poetry Write about the theme of love in at least two of w.b. Yeats' poems in a suitable way Throughout Yeats' early poetry, the theme of love is one of utmost importance, especially in his earlier works. What we must note and remember is that at the time in which Yeats was writing his earlier poetry, he had two main obsessions- Maude Gonne and Irish culture. Maude Gonne was a very well sought- after woman, and she had many admirers, among them was Yeats. Her beauty enthralled Yeats. She had an affair with a Frenchman, and had two children with him, but she married Major John McBride in 1903, much to the dismay of the besotted Yeats. She was his unrequited love for all his life and he proposed to her three times. Each time she turned him down by saying, "No, Willie, the world would not thank me for marrying you". While he was in love with Maude Gonne he shared her Nationalistic aims, although he did not believe in violence to achieve Nationalism, and because of this she exerted a strong influence on his early poetry. ...read more.


Show to me that Yeats would give anything for Maude, and, more to the point, would give anything if only she could see his views, instead of being a rebel for the cause of Nationalism. When the poem goes on to say, "I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams." I feel as if he is almost imploring of her not to ruin his beautiful picture of Ireland being rich in literature with her militancy and violence. I also think that the dreams could symbolise Yeats' love for Maude, and in the poem he asks her not to turn his proposals down so hastily. In the poem I get a sense of just how in love with Maude he really is, as he is willing to risk his precious dreams for a chance of happiness with his love Maude. Another one of Yeats' poems that I can identify with is "The Stolen Child", which, even though it shares the theme of love with the first poem, it is of Yeats' love for something completely different. ...read more.


It changes from, "Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand, For the world is more full of weeping than you Can understand." To, for the last time it is said, "For he comes, the human child, To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand, From a world more full of weeping than you Can understand." This is to make the end of the poem more final, and to say that the child is taken away from the hardships of life. I believe that this poem could be about the kind of person he wants to fall in love with; unspoiled by Ireland's industrialisation, and who deeply loves Ireland's traditionalism and culture, and who appreciates Irish literature. To conclude, I believe that, although the poems have the same theme of love, they still differ greatly, and each show Yeats at two different stages in his writing career; and that both pieces have very different styles and very different topics. ENGLISH ESSAY 1 CHRISTINA LAURO 5A ...read more.

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