Comparison Of William Butler Yeats Poems The Lake Isle Of Innestree, The Wild Swans At Cole, And Sailing To Byzantium

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Author of poetry, William Butler Yeats, wrote during the twentieth century which was a time of change. It was marked by world wars, revolutions, technological innovations, and also a mass media explosion. Throughout Yeats poems he indirectly sends a message to his readers through the symbolism of certain objects. In the poems The Lake Isle of Innisfree, The wild Swans at Cole, and Sailing to Byzantium, all by William Yeats expresses his emotional impact of his word choices and symbolic images.
To begin, the poem, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, uses the lake Innisfree to send a symbolic message. Yeats begins by telling us where it is he is leaving to. “I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made…” (Pg. 1141, lines 1-2) Once he tells us of where he is going, he then uses lake as a symbol to describe his place of peace and serenity. “And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow, dropping from the viels of the morning to where the cricket sings; there midnights all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow, and evening full of the linnets wings.” (Pg. 1141, lines 5-8)
Next, the poem, The Wild Swans at Cole, use a wild swan to send a symbolic message about growing old. Yeats talks about how he has been coming to the castle of Cole for nineteen years now during the season of autumn. Each year he comes and watches the wild swans and is always in awe of their beauty. “I have looked upon those brilliant creatures, and now my heart is sore. All’s changed since I, hearing at twilight, the first time on this shore, the ell-beat of their wings above my head, trod with a lighter head.” (Pg. 1143, lines 13-18). Although he has been coming here for many years now he realizes he has grown old. That just like the wild swan our souls and spirits are ready for flight when we grow old. “But now they drift on the still water, mysterious, beautiful; among what rushes will they build, by...

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