Analysis of William Butler Yeats' Poems Essay

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Analysis of William Butler Yeats' Poems; When You Are Old, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, The Wild Swans at Coole, The Second Coming and Sailing to Byzantium

In many poems, short stories, plays, television shows and novels an author usually deals with a main idea in each of their works. A main reason they do this is due to the fact that they either have a strong belief in that very idea or it somehow correlates to an important piece of their life overall. For example the author Thomas Hardy likes to deal with the idea of loss in many different ways within his poems some being positive and some being negative. William Butler Yeats has a main philosophical idea which he sticks to and portrays in his poems he believes once you die
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He goes on to say in line 8, “And loved the sorrows of your changing face;” The then again deals with the idea of change in this instance actually saying the word change and how your face will change as age comes upon your body. There are many more times within this poem that Yeats mentions change rather than changelessness.

Secondly, The Lake Isle of Innisfree expresses rather than a rushed life a life of peace and changelessness. Yates basically states in this poem that he is sick of being in such a fast paced city. He doesn’t reveal this until the end of the poem when he says on page 1141 lines 11 and 12, “When I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray, I hear it in the deep heart’s core.” Yates isn’t exactly at the place of peace in which he calls Innisfree yet that’s where he’d rather be. On page 1141 Yates says line 1, “I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree.” Later stating in line 5, “And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,” Here in Innisfree there would be peace and changelessness which Yates would prefer rather than being in a constantly changing city setting. Next, in another poem by Yates titled The Wild Swans at Coole, Yates uses a different approach and expressed changelessness within change. In this poem Yates talks a lot about swans it seems as though the poet is absolutely fascinated with every aspect of the swan’s life. Yates describes change within this poem on
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