· ABAB rhyme scheme
· Nationalism/Irish concerns
o Winged horse- images of release for Ireland
o Changed in his turn- become a martyr/hero- passive verb suggests that heroism is imposed on McBride. Will always be remembered as a hero, despite his nature in life- link to Yeats’ desires in Sailing to Byzantium
o Hearts- synecdoche, hearts to represent all the people. Representative of passion
o Range/tumbling- freedom, connects the nationalist fight to the freedom of nature, suggests that an independent Ireland is natural
o Trouble the living stream- life changing, halts the flow however the flow of life will continue nevertheless.
o Name upon name/ Now and in time to be, Wherever green is worn, Are changed, changed utterly- the amount of heroes seem endless, pass down the tale – in some ways become immortal through the legend of their heroism. Romantic/ artistic?
o Was it needless death after all? – considers the worth of the uprising.
o Excess of love- excessive patriotism, possibly suggests it went too far
o They dreamed and are dead- bitter- dreaming leads to death so why bother?
o Vivid- suggests the enthusiasm…