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Change Through Changelessness Essay

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Each and every day a new invention is created, and the world faces a new challenge of adaption. Ever since the Industrial Revolution, humans have worked tirelessly to catch up to the rapid industrialization occurring. Even though it’s the twenty-first century, many people have managed to create new inventions. However, in the midst of constant change there are many things that have yet to be ruined. Looking at objects that have managed to last since their creation, also portray what hasn’t changed. For example, the telephone is constantly changing in its shapes and forms. Yet, communication hasn’t. There are still people who pursue relationships, and the telephone is just a catalyst of ...view middle of the document...

He grows older, and so does she. Her care for him will fluctuate, and won’t be realized until later in life. That is what represents constant change.
Secondly, Yeats’ poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree describes the idea of change and changelessness by the craving for peace and the never changing lake. In this poem, he describes a hut that was made by a lake with a garden. In relation to Henry Thoreau’s Walden, it is a place of pure serenity. The phrase that adequately describes the previous theme is when he writes: “I will arise and go now, for always night and day I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore: while I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray, I hear it in the deep heart’s core.” (pg. 1141 lines 9-12) In the beginning of the poem, Yeats is speaking from the city, so he wants to change his life between the excitement of the city, to the peace of the country. And the only thing that never changes is how the lake remains beautiful. Although his plans may constantly change, the lake will stay serene.
Thirdly, the critique of change and changelessness is outlined thoroughly in Yeats’ poem The Wild Swans at Coole by the ways in which the birds stay the same, but the seasons change. In this poem, Yeats is watching swans in the water and staring at their unique ways of living. Suddenly he realizes that these birds all look the same, and act the same, but he knows that they aren’t the same birds from before. He wonders what happens to the birds when they age and can no longer travel. Yeats writes: “I have looked up on those brilliant creatures, and now my heart is sore. All’s changed since I, hearing at twilights, the first time on this shore, the bell-beat of their wings above my head, trod with a lighter tread.” (pg. 1143 lines 13-18) After realizing that he is constantly changing over time, it hits him that the only thing he can truly rely on is seeing these birds in the fall. The ways in which he will perceive these birds is ever-changing. However, the presence of these birds is most definite.
Fourthly, the poem The Second Coming portrays change and changelessness through acknowledging how mankind changes, but how God’s principles stay the same. During Yeats’ time, the First World War has occurred and has caused massive despair. As he watches technology being used abusively, he realizes that the end is close. Biblically, the Second Coming represents Jesus Christ coming again to send the damned...

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