Yeats poetry

different poems and their devices by Yeats

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The stolen child

poem is about nature and a mystical creature telling a child about the situation in ireland at the time. 

True rhyme: 'rats' and 'vats' as well as 'bubbles' and 'troubles', 'trout' and 'out'

kinesthetic imagery: 'taken flight' - we imagine the moon fleeing from the sky

                                : 'to and fro we leap' gives us the sense that nature is dancing.   

personification: 'for the world's more full of weeping than you can understand' 

cocophony: 'rushes' and 'gushes' presumably to demonstrate nature's distress at the situation. 

'seek for slumbering trout' alitteration 

'..ferns that  drop their tears' personification & kinesthetic imagery

'hear no more the lowing' autitory imagery 

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Easter 1916


'And prayer to shivering prayer' kinesthetic imagery 

'play' & 'pray' para-rhyme

'save' and 'grave' true rhyme

the colour 'grey' gives us a negative connotation

'blood was shed' visual imagery

Robert  Emmet & Wolfe Tone = inspirational people in ireland 

'romantic ireland's dead and gone' -> ireland has changed from being a positive & romantic place to something worse

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The Cold Heaven

Theme: journey of death

'suddenly I saw' -> euphony & sense of peace at the fact that the person can see beyond their world 

'rook delighting heaven' relates to spirituality and death

'ice burned' -> oxymoron

'vanished, and left but memories' passion towards life, memories stay with people, perhaps so that passion associated with life remains. 

'cried and trembled..' cocophony, bitterness & desperation at the fact that they are passing away and want to go to a positive/ happy place in the afterlife (heaven) 

'rocked to and fro' kinesthetic imagery

'stricken & quicken' cocophony 

'ghost begins to quicken' symbolises the angel of death coming for the narrator 

structure: 1 stanza. Continuos train of thought, apprehension and anxiety at the fact that the person is going to fade out of this world.  

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An Irish airman forsees his death

title: mystical.. 'forsees' = the afterlife, heaven. 

'shall meet my fate'-> death is inescapable 

'those that i fight i do not hate, those that i guard i do not love' irony, as he is fighting for his country but does not love those he is fighting for or hate those he is potentially ending the life of. 

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