Yeats Handout

English 203

Dr. Fike


Yeats's Romantic Legacy:


  1. "The Lake Isle of Innisfree"
    1. Speaker
    2. Allusions

                                                               i.      Bible:

                                                             ii.      Thoreau:

    1. Imagery
    2. Time
    3. Insofar as the _________________ activates the _________________, the poem gives us a clear parallel to _____________________.


  1. "The Song of Wandering Aengus"
    1. Shelley's
    2. Irish landscape and myth
    3. "I":___________::the maid:_________________.


POINT:  Yeats moved from early Romanticism to later disillusion, especially in terms of the physical body.


Poems about Mortality:


  1. "Among School Children"
  2. "Sailing to Byzantium"
  3. "The Wild Swans at Coole"




  1. Definition:
  2. Examples:
  3. Poems: 


    1. "The Coming of Wisdom with Time"


Though leaves are many, the root is one;

Through all the lying days of my youth

I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;

Now I may wither into the truth.


    1. "Crazy Jane Talks to the Bishop"




Yeats's Use of Myth:


  1. Classical myth:  "Leda and the Swan"
  2. Yeats's own myth of history:  "The Second Coming"
  3. Christian myth:  "The Magi"




  1. "Lapis Lazuli"
  2. "Sailing to Byzantium"
  3. "Byzantium"