Slides in this set
· This poem was written in 1917 but published in 1919.
When Yeats was writing this poem he was 51 years old.
· In 1897, Yeats went to Coole Park in County Galway
where had a love affair with Maud Gonne.
· In 1903, Maud Gonne married MacBride.
· In 1908, Yeats visited Gonne in Paris.
· In 1911, Yeats meets Georgie Hyde Lees.
· This poem was written in the middles of World War One
when Irish people were fighting for England and a lot of
people were dying.…read more
· Pathetic Fallacy:- "in their autumn beauty". This could
represent change around Yeats and in his life. Autumn is
coming to the end of the natural cycle; Yeats is coming nearer
to the end of the natural cycle of life and death.
· "brimming water among stones". The cycle and fluidity of water
could represent the cycle of life, Yeats has accepted he will die
because it happens to everyone.
· Again, the use of nature when taking about the swans:
"Brilliant creatures". He is envious
· This poem is in 1st person. The poem is from Yeats'
perspective and its about the individual, no one else.
· The adjectives and verbs "Scatter", "Broken" "Clamorous"
show that Yeats is not happy with the realisation of how old he
· Swans symbolise royalty and are seen as free and strong.…read more
· The tempo is slow which could represent how slow paced
his life has become.
· The line length-it goes short-long-short-long. The long
lines represent love and his feelings towards Maud
Gonne. And the short lines represent life, he feels life is
· There are a lot of `s' and `w' sounds which are quite
calming and relaxing. Could this be how life gets when
you get older?…read more