The Cat and the Moon.
- Published in Wilde swans at coole anthology
- yeats wrote a play called the cat and the moon about a blind man who carries a saint on his back. the saint was lame, poem was read at start and end of play
- Yeats uses the theme of opposites: self and antislef , body and soul
- Man in his normal self is the cat and the moon his his alter ego
- yeats is looked at a lunarkinship-> related to aesthetic receptiveness.
- Yeats saw his wife as a cat, she used to have disturbed dreams that she thought influenced her automatic writing. He's relating her crazy eye movements to that of a cat.
- If you were artistically sensitive you would feel the changes of the moon.
- There is a cyclical nature of time and change
- there is a dance like rhythm, very poised (like a hunting cat) This influences tone making it seems more Romantic and wishful.
- iambic pentamter, which shows the movement and dancing of the cat ( each iam is a metrical foot)
- Yeats wants each of his metrical feel to be delicated like a cat or a dancer
- tried to make it sound like a slow waltz and…