Yeats, was written in 1919 following World War I and was to present the idea that he thought that the apocalypse as presented in the Book of Revelation from the Bible was about to begin. Being so caught up, So mastered by the brute blood of the air, Did she put on his knowledge with his power Before the indifferent beak could let her drop? And how can body, laid in that white rush, But feel the strange heart beating where it lies? Besides this, he also holds law degree. As well as giving birth to Helen of Troy, Leda will also conceive Clytemnestra, the wife of Agamemnon; Clytemnestra will later kill her husband, after the Trojan War, for sacrificing their daughter in exchange for fair winds from the gods. The octave was split in two stanzas; the sestet is broken in its third line. Yeats is a strong, emotional poem about how everything, even the most strongest of creations eventually falls apart, with Yeats using the coming of the Messiah from Revelations to show how society will crumble and break apart when Christ comes for the final battle against Satan.
The symbol of Leda is enriched by the previous poems, which focus upon Helen and the ruin of Troy. Through the description of its physical characteristics, the swan becomes a violent force and possesses a divine power that violates Leda and initiates the terrible consequences of war and devastation. The poem does not mention the second coming of Christ but rather focuses on the coming of the antichrist, meaning Yeats could only see despair, hopelessness, and chaos in the world. He believed that civilisation progressed on a cycle, where each epoch lasted roughly two millennia. This single act, Yeats tells us, brings about the Trojan War and, with it, the end of Greek civilisation and the dawn of a new largely Christian age.
But Yeats finally resists the temptation, implicit in his rhetorical question, to assume that being raped by a god must be a glamorous experience worth any amount of incidental inconvenience. Stories about sex with animals were fairly common in classical societies like Ancient Greece, and the myth of Leda and the swan was once well known. This sonnet is a powerful description of the union between the human and divine. Or does he have a portion of divine intelligence within himself? GradeSaver, 21 January 2008 Web. A Vision as model of gyres will be symbolic in his future poetry. This was the rape of Leda by Zeus. Should Yeats have toned down the language to make it clear that what goes on in this poem is unethical in the extreme? It was included in Yeats's 1924 collection, The Cat and the Moon, and certain poems, and reprinted in his 1928 collection, Combining psychological realism with a mystic vision, the poem describes the rape of Leda, in which Zeus came to Leda in the form of a swan.
I disagree with the interpretation and analysis of this poem. She staggers as the swan climbs on her, holding her nape and caressing her thighs. . Leda later gave birth to another girl named Clytemnestra who caused the tragedy of Agamemnon. Also, the lack of rhyme scheme indicates once more the havoc and ruggedness of events to come, although word repetition does connote a feeling of the slowly turning gyre, turning round and round endlessly.
Yeats's theme is the birth of the Homeric civilization, which is where his imaginative understanding of history begins. William Butler Yeats, the writer of Leda and Swan, is considered the greatest poet in the history of Ireland and one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. The poem is also a unique sonnet. In effect, in that middle part of the poem, Yeats collapses creation and destruction, suggesting that the same bestial energy flows through both of these acts. However the writer described the physical interaction in a sophisticated way through skilful use of rhythm and flowery descriptive words.
Those are all big questions to ponder. Her fingers of the hands were delicate and weak, and she was terrified enough, so she found herself unable to push off the big white bird with lots of feathers. The Nerdwriter seeks to unpack topics related to art, philosophy, science, and more. The single act of Zeus towards Leda that results into the conception of Helen produced a remarkable change in history Leda 2008. Being so caught up, So mastered by the brute blood of the air, Did she put on his knowledge with his power Before the indifferent beak could let her drop? To describe it in terms of cooperation and even enjoyment by Leda is to misconstrue the entire dynamic of rape.
I actually agree with you, although I understand why our writer has interpreted it the way they have. The real answer is beyond the merely logical categories of yes and no; since the real poem transcends the categories of the myths it utilizes to lead the reader to an inward vision. This was destined fixed by fate. Her fingers cannot push his feather from her thighs. The poem is beautiful in its descriptive narrative of sexual union also. Clearly the feelings between the mates are not mutual. The Islands of Statutes, The Seeker, Mosado, etc.
Later on, on his return from the war to his country, Mycenae in Argos, Agamemnon was killed by his own wife Clytemnestra, who was also the daughter of Leda and Zeus Jupiter. And how can body, laid in that white rush, But feel the strange heart beating where it lies? With the mention of the broken wall and the turning point of history, the stanza is also broken in the middle of the third line. It shows his selfish desire to fulfil his passion. He is till this day considered one of the greatest poets that ever lived. The war was fought for Helen. Zeus , in the form of a big bird, Swan is represented as giving a sudden and staggering blow to the girl Leda bathing naked in a pool. The image of rape in this sonnet is artful.