The Style and Content of William Butler Yeats

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The Style and Content of William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats was a man who is known for his extraordinary writings of the nineteenth century, and is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the English language. Yeats was a poet with extensive knowledge and was thought to have been born ahead of his time. Throughout his poetry and literary works he uses a combination of technique and style to express his meaningful ideas. Yeats became a pioneering poet who had a revolutionary type of style and content throughout all of his works. In these analyzed poems, Yeats demonstrates how he is authentically unique, through his innovative utilization of style and content.
In the different stages of William Butler Yeats' life, the subject
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As Yeats began to become more notarized in his community for his writings and poems, the unique style and content of his lyrical structure also started to become famous. By the early twentieth century his poetic style had became so notarized that it began to be copied and imitated by other lyrical poets of his time. The imitation of his distinctive style by other poets began to frustrate him to the extent that he wrote an original poem which completely explained his dilemma and intentions.
The poem "A Coat" shows a perfect example of how this phase of Yeats' poetry becomes more personal to himself. In this poem, Yeats doesn't use any lush descriptions of nature, or any reliance of poetic devices such as assonance and consonance. This poem demonstrates that style is inseparable from content, and how Yeats continually developed and changed his poetic style and content as he matured (Mann Neil).
The main subject of "A Coat" is essentially an announcement to the public that he is finished with his previous style of poetry. In the first stanza of the poem, his choice of the word "song" means his poetry that is symbolic for his "coat" in which he "embroidered" it from "old mythologies". What he is trying to say is that his poetry is decorated from tales of ancient mythologies. In the second stanza when the poem says "But the fools caught it, wore it in the world's eyes, As
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