In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz

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    • Form
      • Anadiplosis -- "All...All" starting new clause using the last word of the previous clause.
      • mirrors the structure of a Petrachan Sonnet, but the poem is longer. It therefore- in terms of form – seems like a typical Petrachen Sonnet has been stretched.
      • The point of childishness is emphasized by rhyming ‘fight’ and ‘right’ together, by showing the immaturity of the poem’s structure.
    • Context
      • Eva was a committed suffragette and fell in love – and formed a committed relationship with a woman, Esther Roper.
        • Yeats had earlier thought about proposing to Eva before she fell in love with Esther
      • Constance Markiewicz was an Irish National Revolutionary, and became the first female elected to the British House of Commons; although as a member of Sinn Fein she would not accept the seat. She was sentenced to death after the Easter Rising of 1916, but the sentence was commuted to imprisonment – following a public outcry both in Britain and Ireland – because she was a woman.
    • Links
      • Among School Children -‘When withered old and skeleton-gaunt, an image of such politics’ – Maud Gonne
      • Easter 1916 -‘Conspiring among the ignorant’- the thoughts of the people in the uprising were ignorant. ‘
    • Quotes
      • Yeats suggests that he believes in some sort of afterlife when he says ‘Dear shadows’
      • ‘now you know it all.’ This suggests that they didn’t know everything before they died, but now – in death – they can have the ultimate, omnipotent, knowledge.
      • The comparison of a ‘gazebo’ attached to a house shows the way that Ireland is attached to Great Britain. It makes the arrangement seem temporary, and weak. This can also show them making a fool of themselves, as ‘gazebo’ means to make a fool of oneself

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