Slides in this set
· This poem was written in 1919.
· `Minnaloushe' was Maud Gonne's cat.
· Major John MacBride, Gonne's husband, died in 1916.
· This poem was heavily influenced by Maud Gonne.
· Yeats was interested in mythology and astrology.…read more
· "Spun round like a top" represents how the relationship is changing
but not going in the direction Yeats wants to. This could represent
the relationship between Yeats and Maud Gonne.
· "Lifting his delicate feet". If the cat were to be Maud Gonne then
this is describing her as delicate and dainty.
· The repetition of "dance" could represent the dance of love or
represent the love between them. A dance is quite bouncy-just like
· "From moonlit place to place/the sacred moon overhead". People
used to worship the moon. The moon therefore represents Maud
· "Will pass from change to change/ and that from round to crescent"
"change" could represent how Gonne's husband has died and she
may be ready for a new relationship-Yeats hopes.
· "And lifts the changing moon/his changing eyes" represents how
there are always things to change circumstances but Gonne's
feelings to Yeats never does.…read more
· The rhythm is bouncy like a dance or the walk of a cat.
The dance could represent their love. And the cat could
represent Maud Gonne.
· The rhyme scheme is simple and there is some half
· The use of question marks could be used to show how
Yeats is questioning his place in the relationship between
Maud Gonne and himself.…read more
What poems could this be linked to?
· `Man and The Echo'- in this the man never gets anything
back from his reflection. Never getting anything from
Maud Gonne. "And shout a secret to the stone"-Man and
· `Among School Children'- A sense of how Gonne and
Yeats can be together but never really as one: "The yolk
and the white of one shell".
· `Easter 1916'- there is also a sense of change: "All
changed/changed utterly".…read more