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Changeless Change Essay

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The world is a remarkable place of change yet it holds a changelessness as well. Every spring the rain falls and new growth is seen as new life forms begin to sprout or take their first breath, yet in the fall the living things, especially in the case of plants, begin to wither away and by winter they no longer remain. It is when the spring returns that life makes its grand re-entry and new forms of the same life begin to develop. This is only one of the world’s many examples of when will change and yet remain the same. In fact many cannot see the world without both change and stability because they seem to lie hand in hand with one another. It is a similar topic, a cyclic topic, which the ...view middle of the document...

”(Old lines 5-8) In these lines Yeats describes how men flock to this woman because of her beauty yet he loved her regardless of the beauty she possessed because he knew that one day she would grow old. He explains how he loved her for her enthusiastic and adventurous spirit which was something that could remain throughout her life. This poem is Yeats’ representation of the change that occurs in human beings as they grow older because of the aging body yet the person one is inside seems to remain stable throughout life. It is interesting to remember that the poem began by asking her to read the words when she has grown old and her body in no longer beautiful and men no longer chase her because of her looks and all that can really remain beautiful is the spirit, or soul, inside and this poem’s understanding of change and stability are so clearly shown throughout the poem.
Another poem written by Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, also contains a similar plot in regards to the understanding of change and stability. The poem describes the beauty of nature and the speaker’s wish to be alone without the interference of the people that have been surrounding him. It is in the end of the poem that the reader realizes that the speaker is standing beside a road on a sidewalk in the city. “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 pavement gray, I hear it in the deep heart’s core.”(Lake lines 9-12) The speaker does not like the pace of the city and wishes to be apart from it in nature, as a result he speaks of changing his life to live in solitude yet in the end of the poem the reader begins to understand that his life never changed and he only longs for it to be different.
Similar to the two poems depicted previously, The Wilde Swans at Coole is a poem in which change yet stability both coincide with one another but here Yeats depicts this message in the creatures of nature. The poem begins as Yeats returns to the place he has been coming to for nineteen years to see the wild swans who return their each year as he does. This year he begins to notice the fact that he has grown older yet the swans never seem to change. He understands that all living things will change yet in the experience of animals and birds people often never understand or cannot see their change. “But now they drift on the still water, mysterious, beautiful; among what rushes will they build, by what lake’s edge or pool delight men’s eyes when I awake some day to find they have flown away.”(Swans Lines 25-30) Yeats understands that one day the swans will leave and other men will enjoy the sight of them because the cycle of life is stable but always changing. People are constantly changing as they grow old and die yet new human beings always remain thus life is always changing but it still remains constant.
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