Symbolism In Yeats's Poetry

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SETTING: Mythological and strange settings were employed to great effect by Wordsworth. He linked his poems with countryside settings and the natural world, viewing them as removed from metropolitan settings. Much of William Wordsworth’s poetry conveys a longing for life away from the city (, n.d.). In the case of Yeats, his country—its scenery, myth, and paranormal legend – coloured work and form the setting of many of his poems. He preferred more romantic settings in his early works. But, eventually, his friendship with Lady Gregory and her estate, Coole Park, became the setting for several of his poems. In terms of tone and mood, Wordsworth wrote in the simple language of common people, telling real stories of his life. The tones of his poetry originated in “emotion recollected in a state of serenity”; whereby Wordsworth surrendered to emotion, so that the serenity dissolved, and the emotion remained in the…show more content…
He often misused free-verse form for his purposes. His early poetry was based on Irish mythologies, but his later work drew deeply upon current issues including the Irish Civil War (Literary Devices, 2014) These fundamentals were vital in selections of Yeats’ poetry, as he avoided the use of complex literary devices, preferring instead to let natural rhyme and simple format to flow easily with the reader. Yeats has used many techniques and poetic devices to convey his messages to his readers. While many have only been outlined and some not even mentioned here, it is Yeats’ innovative use of language, sound and rhythm which primarily appeal to the reader. Yeats’ minimal use of complex literary devices and ambiguous references in these poems (which he has been known for) allow the broadest demographic to appreciate his take on the human condition (, n.d.)

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