Out of Mind Versus Out of World: An Analysis of William Yeats's "Sailing to Byzantium" and "Wild Swans at Coole"

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As a young generation, teens hear of how their parents, even grandparents, grew up. Teens are informed of how schools, desires, fashion, and knowledge were all viewed upon “back then.” Some are notified that they are lucky with all of the technology there is today, and the benefits of being a young adolescent with today’s advancements. Some even suggest we take for granted all of the information that has already been discovered. Society has made improvements enough so that we can search almost any problem or idea online. Being more in touch with the new technology and easy, readily available information causes some people to not be as open to our older generations, who have knowledge to supply for us. Not growing up with same resources and traditions adults have creates a lack of full understanding of the ways we can learn from and respect those who grew up before us. While childhoods may have been different, both generations still share some of the same morals as early generations. By depicting birds as symbols of the natural world, in “The Wild Swans at Coole,” and of near immortality in “Sailing into Byzantium,” the two poems shows how Yeats’s concerns progress from the world of the mind and body to earthly concerns of his whole world and nature. While Yeats becomes conscious of the violent truth of nature which results in death, by watching the swans, he is able to comfort himself by admiring how the swans are “unwearied” and “their hearts have not grown old.” When

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