In Easter 1916, Yeats highly regards and recognises the Irish nationalists’ sacrifice to free Ireland. The juxtaposed words “shrill” and “sweet” suggests Yeats’ applause towards the republicans who were eager for Ireland’s freedom. “This man / kept a school” refers to Patrick Pearse, a central figure in the Easter Rebellion and Irish nationalism whom Yeats admired as he was the Irish rebellion leader that exhibited resilience through the war. “This other man… vainglorious lout” alludes to John MacBride who abused Maud Gonne during their marriage and ultimately left her, hence Yeats expresses his displeasure “most bitter wrong / To some… near my heart” towards MacBride as she was Yeats’ unrequited love. Nonetheless, Yeats named or “number him” in the poem because “He, too”, repeated twice, was a mark of power for the transformation the uprising caused, which “has been changed in his turn”.
John Keats’ poem, “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer” explores the dynamics between the transcendence of reality and fiction. Keats writing emerges from the perspective of breaking away from the confines of reality, by drawing from fictional worlds. In contrast, Wordsworth who was known as a pioneering poet of Romanticism reflected on the direct effect nature has with the human condition and perspective. However, both Romantic poets share a common quality to their writing in that they both contemplate on the grandness of the existence of something other than oneself. Both Wordsworth and Keats execute this by heightening this sense of amazement that is portrayed by the human reaction to their natural surroundings.
In this quote, Owen seems to be paying homage to all the romantic poets (like Keats and Shelly) whose poetry has been able to soothe him and has even often resounded deeply with his situation or with the problems he was going through. At the time, when Owen
She was dead, and will soon be forgotten. This portrayal of beauty makes the poem somber. William Butler Yeats sees beauty a bit differently in “Easter 1916.” Yeats is able to see beauty in the tragedy of the loss caused by the rebellion. Yeats has hope for his country’s
In conclusion, the poets expresses their feelings, thoughts, and emotions through poetry. The poems “ My Papa’s waltz and “Those Winter Sundays” make readers understand the relationship of a father and son and proves that both of the speakers love their father but never got a chance to actually express their feeling for them and now, realizing their mistakes, they made in the past and regretting it. They both are very talented writers who knows the best way to communicate the meaning of their feeling in the poems and have control over
The poem is a long and narrative one, in which he talks about Medieval period including Paganism & Christianity, he was interested in Romanticism hence Love was a topic he mentioned in the poem, Nature, Magic, Legends and Rebels were also present which encompasses the whole story in the poem. Keats admired Shakespeare and he read Shakespeare’s work insightfully, illustrating the greatness of Shakespeare 's creativity. Keats describes this genius as "Negative Capability". It is the idea that man is capable of being in uncertainty or doubt without striving to change this condition through searching for conclusions or reasons or it could the ability to contemplate the world without the desire to try and reconcile contradictory aspects or fit it into closed and rational
The statement translates to “It is sweet and proper to die for the fatherland.” This poem revolves entirely around this specific statement, because it sums up what Owen calls “The old lie” (25). In the context of the poem, Owen argues that this phrase should not be told “to children ardent for some desperate glory” (26). This line is used to promote patriotism in a country’s children and inspire them to take up arms for their country because it will be glorious and fitting. Owen denies that notion, having seen the true horrors of war during his service, and eventually, dying in the war. Owen’s use of the allusion is powerful because it directly rejects a commonly accepted notion and argues that his country’s future generations should not follow it, or be misled into following it.
Nonetheless, what he wants to emphasize is the pointlessness of war and soldier’s death. Hence, the main themes of this poem are: death, senseless devastation, loss of identity, and the insignificance of dying in a war. Regarding its form, this poem is a lyrical poem in a format of a sonnet. However, it is between Petrarchan and Shakespearean
Many of his poems are about the temptation to give up and fall prey to pessimism, but they also extol the virtues of optimism and discuss the importance of struggling on with life. The need to persevere and continue is the central theme of In Memoriam and “Ulysses” (1833), both written after Hallam’s death. Perhaps because of Tennyson’s gloomy and tragic childhood, perseverance and optimism also appear in poetry written before Hallam’s death, such as “The Lotos-Eaters” (1832, 1842). Poems such as “The Lady of Shalott” (1832, 1842) and “The Charge of the Light Brigade” (1854) also vary this theme: both poems glorify characters who embrace their destinies in life, even though those destinies end in tragic death. The Lady of Shalott leaves her seclusion to meet the outer world, determined to seek the love that is missing in her life.