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"The Wild Swans at Coole" by W.B. Yeats is a poem about the brilliance of the Wild Swans at a river known as Coole. The poem expresses feelings of deep compassion and tenderness of the swans and their peace. From the beginning of the poem, the narrator describes the autumn season, carefully applying the setting to the beauty of the swans and the changing of the foliage. While the narrator encompasses the swans' beauty, he also acknowledges their unique characteristics of their age, being both young and old. "The Wild Swans at Coole" by W.B. Yeats is a poem in which the wild swans seem to captivate the heart and subtle understanding of the seasons and its beauty. Therefore, the poem structure is a direct reflection of the author's outlooks and ideas on aging. The poem is divided up into five stanzas, each with a rhyming pattern, such as ""The trees are in their autumn beauty/The woodland paths are dry,/Under the October twilight the water/ Mirrors a still sky;/ Upon the brimming water among the stones/ Are nine and fifty swans." ...read more.


The presence of the end rhyme is not highlighted, further demonstrating the idea that aging happens rapidly, without knowledge. Thought end rhyme is an important aspect of the development and understanding of the poem, it is not the only literary device present. "The Wild Swans at Coole" by W.B. Yeats conforms to the idea of allegory. Allegory is identified as, where an aspect of a story or poem is a representation of something; it is usually of a larger abstract concept or event in the authors' life. "The Wild Swans at Coole" by W.B. Yeats" provides an interesting allegory in life, illustrating the aging theme, as all things will grow old in time. In the first stanza, the author says "...Are nine and fifty swans." (Yeats, 6), which illustrates the complexity of aging as easily overlooked. The narrator, just based on the attitude the poem emulates, seems to be reminiscent of the autumn season. His outlooks changes from happiness and nostalgia to fear, of the issues associated with aging. ...read more.


Like Yeats, the fear of old age seems to come from the fear of not being independent. Yeats holds up the idea of hope during and after aging, as well as demonstrating how well the swans are a testament for old age and the beauty of it. Towards the end, the narrators tone becomes more plantative, indicating the acception of old age, but still hints the subtle pain in which he feels about time changing. This is placed against the ideas of the swans and their symbol of hope, wise ness, old age and the idea of welcoming change as a mysterious beauty. In the end, Yeats idea that though aging may be unwelcome and scary, the swans and the seasons demonstrate how aging and time change can be more beautiful if accepted. Kayana McCalla Sawyer, B MPM Final Draft - "The Wild Swans at Coole" by W.B Yeats December 10, 2007 Word Count: 1,050 You Can Always Find Beauty in Aging McCalla, - 1 - ...read more.

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