CRITICALLY ANALYZE THE POLITICAL POEMS OF WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS IN THE CONTEXT OF IRELAND’S HISTORY.
There are lots of poem written by Yeats. Yeats has a really different style for writing the poems, essays. There are two of his poems which could be discussed in the context of political history of Ireland, After Long Silence, and Parnell. In the Parnell, he has said: ‘Parnell came down the road, he said to a cheering man: Ireland shall get her freedom you still break stone.’ In these lines, Yeats has tried his level best to make the people of Ireland understand that Parnell (Irish nationalist leader, also lead Home Rule Moment) will be successful one day to ensure the freedom of Ireland, but still then people of Ireland will break the stones. He meant to say that people need to be new, people ought to get education. His meaning for breaking the stones signifies the hard work which is needed to do in the future or the backwardness of the people. In his other poem, After Long Silence, Yeats has portrayed a fact in front of Irelands peasant class that till now they have served the others; who don’t have any single right to be served. Now, it is the time to stand for their own rights; it is not bad to fight for own rights. There would be one day when they will have their very own identity, they will be free, and they would have their own state and they will practice the teaching of church in the land of Irish people.
This must be concluded that Yeats has a good sense of nationalism. He wanted Ireland as a free state. He has conveyed his message to the peasant of Ireland to stand against the British Crown and the Anglo Irish to promote the Irish Nationalist Brotherhood. We can see Yeats saying to his people to get education and know the difference of right and wrong.
Note: These poems are in the Book: Book Title: W. B. Yeats Subtitle: The Poems...