The Irish Airman Forsees his Death

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- dramatic monologue - Irish airman's point of view - but Yeat's opinions shine through. 

- iambic tetrameter.

- sounds sane and rational - regular rhythm and rhyme.

- poem sounds apathetic due to clipped sounds and regular rhythm. 

- simple vocabulary, very regular, calm. 

- coldly logical and detatched. 

"I know that I shall meet my fate,"

declerative start - resolute.

- sounds very sure of feelings - accepts his fate - it's not some depressed/suicidal thought. 

- fate - meant to happen - not his decision at all. 

- doesn't know if he will die or not - doesn't care.

- all one syllable words - uncomplicated.

"Somewhere among the clouds above;"

- sounds romantic - adventurous - links to heaven. 

"Those that I fight I do not hate - Those that I guard I do not love"

- echoe makes it sound more rational - regular in beat and repetition. 

- sounds less reasonable because he has no reason to risk his life.

- might kill people he doesn't even hate - not reasonable - horrible. 

- sounding so calm makes him seem more irrational.

"My country is Kiltartan Cross - My countrymen Kiltartan's poor"

- repetition sounds more rational - but also makes him sound a bit crazy because he is so calm. 

"No likely end could bring them loss - Or leave them happier than before"

- again sounds like he has thought throught the decision - seems reasonable/rational. 

- if it won't affect anyone but him it doesn't matter.

- obviously not true - the fact…


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