Critical Analysis: An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
There is no way fate, fate will get its turn on he/she and there is nothing that can be done to avoid it. This isn’t an infamous cop pursuit where the villain escapes, but more like the Black Death were no one escapes. Horrible, yes, but fate is real, and instead of trembling on it he/she needs to grab fate by the horns and make it special. The poem “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death” explains fate as not only something the Irishmen can’t escape, but something he sees as a desire, but only if he has a sense of balance for himself. Through irony and imagery Williams Butler Yeats suggests, it is not a question of desire that grabs our actions, but the question of feeling balance. (Yeats)
Throughout the entire poem Yeats continues to relate everything to a balance and irony. In the beginning Yeats explains the irony the Irish airman is feeling, “Those that I fight I do not hate (Line 3)/Those that I guard I do not love, (Line 4)” Going into depth Yeats wants the reader to feel what the airman is feeling. How ironic, he is fighting those for the reason one would not believe, as well as guarding those for the reasons one would not think. In most cases, one cares and loves those whom he/she protects, as well as hating those whom he or she fights against, but not this individual, he has different reasoning’s why he fights and guards’ people. Yeats’ main focus for the these two lines were to get the reader to most importantly understand the irony the character feels, as well as the emotionless attitude the Irishman is feeling.
“My country is Kiltartan Cross (Line 5)/My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor (Line 6),” Yeats states every man has a country, the Irishman’s obviously being Kiltartan. Yeats then writes, “No likely end could bring them loss (Line 7)/Or leave them happier than before (Line 8)”. These lines state the Irishman fights with very happy men, even though they are poor, he has very special people to fight with. Yeats brings this aspect into the poem to ensure the reader the happiness of the poem, even though he talks about the Irishman’s fate throughout the piece. These two groups of lines ensure the balance for the poem in an emotional standpoint. The reader knows the Irishman is going to meet his fate and die, but having this informational piece allows the reader to feel a sense of happiness, and at this point in the poem there is a lack there of. These lines make the poem very balanced in the emotional category.
To learn another reason why the Irishman decides to fight, Yeats writes, “Nor law, nor duty bade me fight (Line 9)/Nor public men, nor cheering crowds (Line 10),” the man fights for himself and himself only, but Yeats intends the reader to be confused after theses lines. Throughout the piece the reader gets the feeling of how unselfish the man is. Having what Yeats wrote informs us the selfish reasoning into why the Irishman is fighting, and with the man having selfish and...