The Theme Of Archetypal Images In Yeats The Wild Swans At Coole

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This paper seeks to address those archetypal images embedded in Yeats’ “The Wild Swans at Coole” that are designed to provide a context through which Yeats illuminates its entire design of the soul’s eternity. By applying archetypal approach, the paper finds that there is a direct correspondence between the poet’s quest for his whole vision of personality and his creative flourish in art. Through the chief symbol of the poem, swans, the poet discovers his anti-self in nature and restores the unity of his whole being. This task will be accomplished by bringing to light specific affinities between the theme of the timelessideals of art and the immortal beauty and love of the imperishable swans.
Keywords: “The Wild Swans at Coole,” William Butler Yeats, Archetypal Images, Eternity, Anti-Self, Nature, Immortality.

1. Introduction:
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1).From the first stanza onward, the poet draws upona fundamental motif in myth--- immortality---by using the image of tree.For Cirlot, tree is the “inexhaustible life, and is therefore equivalent to a symbol of immortality” (qtd. in Guerin, 189).Immortality is represented in the color of autumnal leaves, whichare gold signifying“the state of glory” (Cirlot56) in nature. Trees areseen asthe only place that a mancan escape from his mortality (Gates, par.2).This majestic beauty of gold “corresponds to the mystic aspect of the sun” (Cirlot 53) which epitomizes “life force, creative-guiding force, brightness, splendor, active awakening, healing, resurrection, ultimate wholeness” (Lawrence 3). Thus,Yeats’s desire in reaching wholeness is manifested in all minute parts of the

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