Yeats Speech Assessment – Jack El Khoury In his poetry Yeats combines a commitment to Irish themes

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Yeats Speech Assessment – Jack El Khoury
In his poetry Yeats combines a commitment to Irish themes with an explanation of his own psyche and an account of his own spiritual quest – Seamus Heaney. In light of your critical study, how does this statement resonant with your own interpretation of Easter 1916 and at least ONE other poem set for study?

Good morning Mrs Jacobs and Mr Lynch,
Today I am here to speak about William Butler Yeats, a renowned Irish poet, who within his poetry, is known to present an explanation of his own psyche in conjunction with the Irish themes that define his works. But where exactly do we see this? Well, I believe that this is evident through the use of language and other literary devices, in poems such as
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Although personally despising MacBride, because “he had done most bitter wrong/to some who are near my heart”, Yeats establishes that “he, too, has been changed in his turn”. Thus Yeats renders a new perspective to his original rebuke of the change brought upon Ireland through rebellion. As such Yeats showcases an apparent link between the Irish themes he addresses and his own changing psyche, as we clearly notice developing attitudes towards various individuals and concepts.
Yeats’ sonnet, ‘Leda and the Swan’, adds to his conflicting perspectives regarding the development of independence acting as an analogical piece, exposing the Irish-British relationship. This is explored through the contrast of language between the god Zeus, and the decrepit Leda. The violent imagery of the swan’s “dark webs”, in contrast to Leda’s “staggering”, can be interpreted as the internal conflict within Yeats, which resulted in his mixed frustrations about the state of Ireland. The critic Declan Kiberd states that the poem is “an allegory of Yeats’ complicated feelings about England’s relation to Ireland”. Thus, ‘Leda and the Swan’ acts as a metaphor for the destruction of Ireland. This is supported by the symbolic use of “her loosening thighs”, which can be seen as a representation of Ireland giving herself up to the ‘almighty’

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