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Context
· This poem was written in 1919.
· 1914 is the outbreak of World War One. Many Irish
people volunteered to fight for the British/were in the
British Army. Many Irish soldiers would have died. World
War One ended in 1918.
· In 1816, the leaders of Easter Rising were shot.
· Robert is Lady Gregory's son.…read more

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Structure
· The rhyme schemes is quite regular (A-B-A-B), it could
be balancing out life and death or love and hate.
· Repetition of "Those that I...", "My country..." and "Nor".
This could show that the speaker knows that he will die.
He is putting emphasis on that fact that he is not fighting
for the people he love and he is not fighting against his
own memory.…read more

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Language
· There are no adjectives. This could show how
dispassionate the speaker is about the war, or it could be
about British rule or influence in Ireland at the time.
· This poem is done in 1st person-it's a dramatic
monologue. It shows the view of this particular Airman
fighting for Britain in the war.
· "Waste of breath" is repeated twice. It could show that the
Airman's efforts are wasted because he is not fighting for
the people he love. Or how he knows he will die for
people he doesn't love.…read more

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Tone
· Proud-of his country/people.
· Confident
· Personal-expression of his own views.
· Complacent
· Straight forward.…read more

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Links to other Yeats poems
· `The Second Coming'- maybe the idea of death? Or lack
of freedom for some people? Or the mayhem that is
caused?
· `The Stolen Child'- again looking at freedom, has the
child had their freedom taken away from them?
· `Easter 1916'- because of the politics involved. Could we
link that both of them are talking about British
involvement in Ireland?…read more

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