In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz

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  • In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz
    • CONTEXT
      • Written in memory of Eva and Constance in 1895.
      • Politically active sisters: Eva- was a suffragette and constance: ?
      • Yeats didn't agree with their later activities and wanted to remember them in their innocence
    • Overall Idea: concerned that  women are involved in politics and not the creative.
    • LANGUAGE
      • STANZA 1
        • 'Two girls in silk kimonos, both/Beautiful,one  a gazelle"
          • elegant girls
          • 'silk kimonos'-feminine exotic, luxury showing them to be attractive  /admired ,  displaying their wealth
          • gazelle - fast/ elegant innocent but also vulnerable a prey
        • "But a raving autumn shears"
          • personifies time. Autumn breaks up the image
          • time is out of control- LINK to Wild Swans distorting their beauty.
        • "some vague Utopia"
          • =very dismissive tone patrionicing her perfect world/ the world of poiltics. this is ironic as Yeats strives for his own uTOPIA WHICH THEY DO NOT FIT LATERIN THE POEMM.
          • Smal cause: snytax nt giving it much thought adding to degrading tone
            • STANZA 1
              • "skeleton-gaunt'
                • cesura and harsh 'g'-glottal sound, is unpleasant to the ear and further emphasises the horror of ageing for Yeats and grim nature he perceives it to be like . laugh
              • first stanza: but - conjunction changes the drection for them oassive nd lazy mood to one with more presence but also disaproval
              • Paradoned, drags out lonely years"
                • long vovel sounds make time go slowly, highlighting the pain and sadness
        • mocking tone : "when withered old and skeleton-gaunt,/ An image of such poltics
          • Link to Easter 1916 and Sept 1913- atitudes     towards contempories.
          • haggered by poltics, politics ages them and turns them ugly
          • Like Maud i n Among School children; yeats worry and fear of ageing
        • Repeating first lines: "that table of youth,...."
          • Trying to perserve them as how he liked them in this inncocent image.
      • STANZA 2
        • 'dear shadows, now you know it all"
          • Direct Address: addressing the dead girls; atitudes towards the afterlife lack of religious connection but he still believe in the possiblities after death.
        • 'All the folly of fight/ with  common wrong or right.'
          • suggesting their fight was pointless
          • FRICATIVES; enhance the fattily
          • full rhyme suggests childish play and silly ideas; like a nursery rhyme
        • MATCH/ FIRE
          • "Arise and bid me strike a match'
            • addressing the girls: trying to create entinity by setting fire to time. wants to purfie them. to be remembered
              • "bid me strike and match and blow"
                • He wants to return to the 'golden age' when culture was strong with artherincacy
                • AMBIGUOUS=is he frustrated? he hopes to cure them of these ideas? to become creative? wats the world to in his utopia
            • "great gazebo'
              • slang term for nationalism therefore he mocks them as follish
    • STRUCTURE
      • STANZA 1
        • FIRST 4 LINES-thats how he wants to remember them when they were static, motionless.
    • FORM
      • STANZA 1
        • "skeleton-gaunt'
          • cesura and harsh 'g'-glottal sound, is unpleasant to the ear and further emphasises the horror of ageing for Yeats and grim nature he perceives it to be like . laugh
        • first stanza: but - conjunction changes the drection for them oassive nd lazy mood to one with more presence but also disaproval
        • Paradoned, drags out lonely years"
          • long vovel sounds make time go slowly, highlighting the pain and sadness
  • Politically active sisters: Eva- was a suffragette and constance: ?
  • "the older is condemned to death"
    • STANZA 1
      • 'Two girls in silk kimonos, both/Beautiful,one  a gazelle"
        • elegant girls
        • 'silk kimonos'-feminine exotic, luxury showing them to be attractive  /admired ,  displaying their wealth
        • gazelle - fast/ elegant innocent but also vulnerable a prey
      • "But a raving autumn shears"
        • personifies time. Autumn breaks up the image
        • time is out of control- LINK to Wild Swans distorting their beauty.
      • "some vague Utopia"
        • =very dismissive tone patrionicing her perfect world/ the world of poiltics. this is ironic as Yeats strives for his own uTOPIA WHICH THEY DO NOT FIT LATERIN THE POEMM.
        • Smal cause: snytax nt giving it much thought adding to degrading tone
        • mocking tone : "when withered old and skeleton-gaunt,/ An image of such poltics
          • Link to Easter 1916 and Sept 1913- atitudes     towards contempories.
          • haggered by poltics, politics ages them and turns them ugly
          • Like Maud i n Among School children; yeats worry and fear of ageing
        • Repeating first lines: "that table of youth,...."
          • Trying to perserve them as how he liked them in this inncocent image.
      • her fight for women's freedomm/ her political belief lands her in prisonment
    • FORM

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