W B Yeats Revision AS English Lit

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Yeats Poetry Revision
1. The Stolen Child
2. The Cat and the Moon
3. September 1913
4. Easter 1916
5. In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz
6. The Cold Heaven
7. Broken Dreams
8. The Wild Swans at Coole
9. Leda and the Swan
10. An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
11. The Fisherman
12. The Man and The Echo
13. The Second Coming
14. Sailing to Byzantium
15. Among Schoolchildren

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The Stolen Child
WHERE dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water rats;
There we've hid our faery vats,
Full of berrys
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.…read more

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Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.
Away with us he's going,
The solemn-eyed:
He'll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast,
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal chest.…read more

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The Stolen Child:
The Poem opposes Fairyland Island to the real world
Poet in poem: perhaps expresses Yeats' ambiguous attitude to world of imagination and poetry? Escape into
Yeats' childhood in Sligo? The poem also represents his early interest in Irish folklore.
The Poem could be a metaphor for the return to innocence that characterizes childhood as a child is lured
away into a Fantasy
Yeast younger brother's death?
Form and Structure:
Form: stanzas with refrain:
Repetition of refrain reflects youthfulness and thus innocence.…read more

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The Cat and The Moon:
THE cat went here and there
And the moon spun round like a top,
And the nearest kin of the moon,
The creeping cat, looked up.
Black Minnaloushe stared at the moon,
For, wander and wail as he would,
The pure cold light in the sky
Troubled his animal blood.
Minnaloushe runs in the grass
Lifting his delicate feet.…read more

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The Cat and The Moon:
What might the cat and the moon represent?
Life and death?
Mind and body?
Time and eternity?
Poet within poem: Is Yeats like the mortal cat looking up to an ideal moon?
Form and Structure:
Triple beat ­ 3 iambs ­ makes it dancey with lots of unstressed syllables (look at longer lines)
Structure: develops a story in which the moon and cat seem to affect each other ­ narrative in 3rd person
Rhythm variations to suggest dancing cat…read more

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September 1913:
What need you, being come to sense,
But fumble in a greasy till
And add the halfpence to the pence
And prayer to shivering prayer, until
You have dried the marrow from the bone?
For men were born to pray and save:
Romantic Ireland's dead and gone,
It's with O'Leary in the grave.…read more

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September 1913:
Expressing the change of Ireland from when it was cultural and romantic characterized by the romantic
heroes such as `John O'Leary' to the greed of the merchant class. Yeats agrees with aims of revolutionaries
but feels little is achieved.…read more

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References + Themes:
Easter 1916
The Fisherman
In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and CM
Easter 1916:
I have met them at close of day
Coming with vivid faces
From counter or desk among grey
Eighteenth-century houses.…read more

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Enchanted to a stone
To trouble the living stream.
The horse that comes from the road,
The rider, the birds that range
From cloud to tumbling cloud,
Minute by minute they change;
A shadow of cloud on the stream
Changes minute by minute;
A horse-hoof slides on the brim,
And a horse plashes within it;
The long-legged moor-hens dive,
And hens to moor-cocks call;
Minute by minute they live:
The stone's in the midst of all.…read more



Thank you sooo sooo much for this!!!!

This has been invaluable in helping me revise Yeats!

Once again: THANK YOU! 


Thank you so much............ you got me my grade

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