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An Analysis Of Yeats’ Philosophy And His Poems

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William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was a twentieth century poet who used past events to write poems about the future. Yeats had a very interesting philosophy. He combined his interests in history, art, personality, and society and wrote poems about how these subjects created conflicts in the world. Yeats used his poems and other writings to display his passion for mysticism. Yeats liked to use gyres to show how two different forces struggle against each other. In his mind, these struggles could represent the development of a personality or the fall of civilizations. However, Yeats also liked to imagine completion along with conflict. Yeats’ philosophy of change and stability is ...view middle of the document...

Yeats’ poem The Wild Swans At Coole uses descriptions of swans by a lake to portray his philosophy. Yeats starts out the poem by describing the time of year as October, autumn. He also mentions that he has been coming to see the swans for nineteen years. In the poem, the constant variable is that the swans are always there the same time of year. Yeats always goes to see them and admire their beauty. However, the swan’s actions change multiple times in the poem. They are calm in the beginning, but soon start to act up and flap around. In the end of the poem, they are calmly drifting on the water again. This image of the swans shows how things can drastically fluctuate in life.
In Yeats’ poem The Second Coming, his philosophy of how things change is greatly expressed. This poem depicts mass chaos in the world. Yeats was well known to describe how he saw the future through his poems. This poem is a great example of that. In the poem, he expresses that everything is falling apart and people need a savior. He believed that the society was corrupt and that it would eventually give away to a new civilization. Yeats suggests that a rebirth, different from...

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