FISHERMAN = BAE
Fisherman represents "traditional Ireland" and ideal "traditional Irishman"
The act of fishing = reserved, calm - doesn't require much energy - serenity.
"I can see him still"
- dream of him remains strong - dream of Romantic/ traditional Ireland still in his sights - still achievable.
"The freckled man"
- traditional/ stereotypical appearance of Irish.
- evokes image of man fully immersed in nature.
- seems more humble, not pretentious.
"To a grey place on a hill - In grey Connemara clothes"
- blending into surroundings - at one with nature - at one with Ireland.
"This wise and simple man"
- seems oxymoronic - keeps reader on toes.
- "simple" probably means uncomplicated/ not concerned with superficiality.
- links with Yeats' desire to go back to a simpler time.
"write for my own race"
- he is the same as the Fisherman - he is the proper Irish race - "fumblers" aren't.
"The dead man that I loved"
- although he loved him he is dead - more sad - sounds hopeless - can't return.
- similar to "Romantic Ireland's dead and gone" - definate here that he loved it.
"A man who does not exist - A man who is but a dream"
- dream is a good thing - he is the ideal - but he doesn't exist - sounds hopeless.
Tone = calm, lots of enjambement but slow and steady - rhythm and rhyme regular