- 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…