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Symbolism In Yeat's 'the Wild Swan At Coole’ And ‘Easter 1916'

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Writers are judged if they’re deemed to be worthy enough in become part of the canon, in the early 20th century, William Butler Yeats, an Irish poet, was deemed worthy enough as he speaks to us across time, culture and political beliefs through his poem which contains timeless truths which are valued by human beings

Two of Yeats’s poem ‘The Wild Swan at Coole’ and ‘Easter 1916’ which I’m going to refer as ‘Wild Swan’ and ‘Easter’ both poem reflect the aspect of time and is based on Yeats’s ex lover. These poems demonstrate that time shape meaning, and can influence different elements such as Psychoanalytic and New Historicism criticism which I’ll explain why later. An example is a man named Seamus.H who wrote that Yeats’s poems "dig for finds that end up being plants." Seamus’ view of poetry is particularly relevant with regard to the nature of Yeats' symbols, for if we "dig" into the rich complexity of Yeats' symbols we find many different layers of meaning. This establish me to believe that Yeats' symbols cannot be fully appreciated without understanding the rich tapestry of allusion that lies behind them in different times

The poem ‘Wild Swan’ is set in the beautiful period of autumn, it reflects Yeat’s memories alongside the love of his life and compares his life to the swan as ‘upon those brilliant creatures.’ From what I’ve said about Seamus.H we need to understand the allusion that lies behind the poem and that time can influence different perspective such Psychoanalytic criticism where it shows how one’s conflict with social norms are censored and relegated to the subconscious, their release then re-emerge in forms that are modified, in this case it’s the swan. Dr Peter Huch has...

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