A Prayer Fpr My Daughter

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A Prayer For My Daughter
A Prayer for My Daughter is a poem written by William Butler Yeats in 1919. This poem is a pray-like poem. And it generally tells about the poet's ideas about his daughter who is sleeping at the same time while the poem is being told. Throughout the poem the Yeats reflects that how he wants his daughter's future should be. This essay will analyze the poem under three subtitle: 1- What does this poem mean", 2- The poetic devices, imagery, rhyming, figures of speech, used in the poem and mood, diction, language, and the structure of the poem, 3- An essay in a feminist point of view titled "What does the poet want his daughter to become"" .
The poet is watching his infant daughter sleep. In the first stanza he starts
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Ninth stanza serves the ideas of Yeats about hatred and recovering of the world. He supports that a woman can heal herself by getting away from hatred and also the world can be purified by avoiding from hatred and diversions. Thus we can recover the innocence and we can "be happy still."
In the conclusion stanza he hopes her daughter to be married in ceremony, of which source is the "horn" again. He uses the ceremony to symbolize the richness of the horn and the power of the "laurel tree."
POETIC DEVICES
Onomatopoeia (the use of words that sound like the thing that they are describing) - howling, scream, spray, choke, scowl, howl
Repetition (saying the same thing many times) - in the ninth stanza: self-appeasing, self-delighting, and self-affrighting
Alliteration (the use of several words together that begin with the same sound or letter in order to make a special effect) - howling, and half hid, cradle-hood and coverlid, great gloom, sea-wind scream, being made beautiful, like the linnet, live like, linnet from the leaf, hatred driven hence, recovers radical, bellows burst, bridegroom bring, find a friend
Assonance (similarity in the vowel sounds of words that are close together in a poem)- walked and prayed, young-hour, such-overmuch, trouble- fool, with-meat, yet-that-played, beauty-very, poor-roved, loved-thought-beloved, hidden-tree, dried-late,
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