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
'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
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.
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.