• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

yeats poetry analysis

Extracts from this document...


From the Oxford Book of Short Poems, choose one poem by each of two poets. Do not choose those dealt with in lectures. Write brief analyses of your chosen poems, and in the course of these point out how the two poets tried to overcome the limitations of the short poem form. William Butler Yeats once wrote: "A line will take us hours maybe / Yet if it does not seem a moments thought / Our stitching and unstitching has been naught"1. This "stitching and unstitching" does , in many ways, articulate the plight of the poet, particularly concerning the construction of the short poem. In a short poem the poet often determines to express deep concerns or ideas in a concise manner within a constricted format. It is this constricted format that sometimes leads to the short poem being characterised as limited. While the short poem can be classed as limited in that the poet does not have the liberty to expand (or labour) upon their subject in a verbal sense, the poet can use it to their advantage, as it can give an intensity or alacrity rarely found in longer verse. ...read more.


Namely through using the devices of argument, tone, alliteration, assonance and "sprung rhythm", Hopkins has not only overcome the restrictions of the short poem, but used the form toward the betterment of his verse. Indeed, most of Hopkins's verse was written in the sonnet form or shorter. It is the short poem genre that allows Hopkins to use compressed, vibrant language in a compressed, vibrant form and hence, reflect his vision of the natural world and the creator in a way that best suits the nature of the subject. Another poet able to overcome the limitations of the short poem was William Butler Yeats, in a somewhat dissimilar fashion to Hopkins. While in "Pied Beauty" Hopkins uses a vivacious, energetic style to express his subject, in "All Things Can Tempt Me" (pg.168), Yeats demonstrates his concerns in a different, simpler style to that found in "Pied Beauty". "All Things Can Tempt Me" is but one of Yeats's many poems in which he discusses his own "craft of verse" in relation to his life. In the poem, he expresses his despondency at the world of emotion and action - the world that used to distract him from the composition of poetry. ...read more.


List of Works Consulted Jeffares, A. Norman (ed.), W.B. Yeats - Selected Poetry, Macmillan, London, 1962. Jeffares, A. Norman, W.B. Yeats - The Poems, Edward Arnold Publishers, London, 1961. Kavanagh, P.J. and Michie, James (ed.), The Oxford Book of Short Poems, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1985. Gardner, W.H., Gerard Manley Hopkins, Vol. I, Oxford University Press, London, 1958. Gardner, W.H., Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Penguin Books, London, 1953. Payne, Tom, The A-Z of Great Writers, Carlton Books, Dubai, 1997. 1 Tom Payne, The A-Z of Great Writers, Carlton Books Limited, Dubai, 1997; pg.395. 2 W.H. Gardner, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Vol I, Oxford University Press, London, 1961, pg. 11. 3 "God's Grandeur" in W.H. Gardner (ed), Poems and Prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Penguin, London, 1953 :pg. 27 4 Gardner, 1961, pg. 11. 5 "The Windhover" in Gardner (ed), 1953, pg. 30. 6 Gardner, 1961, pg.13 7 "The Choice" by Yeats in Kavanagh and Mitchie (ed), The Oxford Book of Short Poems ; Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1985, pg. 170. 8 A.N. Jeffares (ed), W.B. Yeats - Selected Poetry, Macmillan, London, 1962, pg. 104. 9 "The Cold Heaven" in Kavanagh and Michie, pg.169 1 HSCNOTES.COM.AU ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Teaching section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Teaching essays

  1. Evaluation of Birzeit University MBA Program

    You could retrieve and analyze information using up-to date technology 1 6 0 2 0 2.3 You could apply a systems approach to problem solving in a dynamic environment 2 7 0 0 0 1.8 Strongly Dissatisfied Strongly Satisfied Upon completion of the MBA Program, graduates felt that they had

  2. Theoretical Analysis of migration

    The white British people did not feel as though the United Kingdom was a representation of them anymore, they felt as if their identity had started to become lost. In some aspects they did not feel as if the had a 'homeland' to call their own or an identity.

  1. The Nature of Science and its Subject Application

    while the Daily Telegraph article dated 4th March 2009 quotes the headmaster of Eton College, Tony Little saying "Bright schoolchildren are struggling in exams after being asked to 'wrestle with questions of crippling simplicity' and many are left agonising over answers because they cannot believe the standard demanded in GCSEs and A-levels is so low."

  2. Eyes Watching God

    This can be compared to Janie because she was nothing to the world right now. She was unnoticed and new to the world and its ways just like the newborn caterpillar. Neither her nor the newborn caterpillar know what they are going to be going through to become the beautiful creatures.

  1. The Nature of Inclisivity

    (1996) who believes that: ... "inclusive education is a human right, it's good education and it makes good social sense". (p 2) This committee has adopted an approach that moves away from labelling students and suggests creating an appropriate educational environment for all, in which inclusive learning is promoted (1996): ...


    will best meet those needs, and must organize those activities in an integrated and sensible way. The concept of developmental appropriateness has two dimensions: age appropriateness and individual appropriateness. Age appropriateness. Human development research indicates that there are universal, predictable sequences of growth and change that occur in children during

  1. The Survival of the Welsh Language

    In a poem dated 633, the word Cymry appears, referring to the country; and it was not too long before the Britons came to be known as the Cymry, by which term they are known today. At this point, we should point out that the word Welsh (from Wealas)

  2. Approach, Design, and Technique Defined in Relation to Second Language Teaching Methodology Comparative Analysis ...

    In designing a curriculum or syllabus for SL courses, there are two factors that teachers consider: 'what to talk about (subject matter) and how to talk about it (linguistic matter)' (Long & Richards, 1987: p.148). According to Long & Richards (1987: p.148), there are four conditions in terms of design: The content of instruction (i.e.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work