Discuss Yeats construction of 'An Irish Airman foresees his Death' and 'The Cold Heaven'

An AS English Literature OCR essay I did in class on 'An Irish Airman foresees his Death' and 'The Cold Heaven'

This essay got a B/A-

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Explore Yeats construction of `Cold Heaven' and `An Irish Airman foresees his death'

When exploring Yeats construction of Cold Heaven and An Irish Airman foresees his
death it is clear that Years has created a spasm of guilt in the way he structures both of
these poems. The assonance in…

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could be implied that this is because Yeats is questioning existence itself. The fact that
Yeats has placed the words `skies' and `punishment' together in a question leads us to
wonder whether this is a pious poem. Or it could be questioning the existence of
religion and God. The lines…

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begins to quicken' suggests the idea of him suddenly seeing spiritual beings. The Cold
Heaven seems infused with a sense of otherworldly or unknown experiences.
Additionally the line, `out naked on the roads, as the books say, and stricken by the
injustice of the skies for punishment' has connotations of…


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