Lecture 5 - William Butler Yeats (cont.)

author: Langdon Hammer, Department of English, Yale University
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Yeats's middle period is explored, beginning with the middle-aged Yeats's assumption of the role of spokesman for Irish nationalism and the development of his complicated response to nationalist violence. The aestheticization of violence is considered in the poem "Easter, 1916" and briefly in "The Statues." Yeats's conception of the relationship of violence to history, with particular emphasis on the frightening interaction among the divine, the human, and the bestial, is demonstrated in the visionary poems "The Second Coming" and "The Magi," and finally in "Leda and the Swan."

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William Butler Yeats: "Easter 1916," "The Wild Swans at Coole," "The Second Coming," "A Prayer for My Daughter," "To Be Carved on a Stone," "Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen," "Leda and the Swan," "Among School Children," "In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz," "Two Songs from a Play"


Section Activity: W.B. Yeats [PDF]
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