Comments on " the Wild Swan at Coole" by William Butler Yeats

Topics: Poetry, Stanza, Swan Pages: 2 (707 words) Published: December 24, 2010
Coole is the paradise for art in Yeats' eye, while the wild swan represents the eternal beauty. From the whole poem, we can sense that Yeats sings high praise for the swan, for their wheeling figuire, the well-beat of the wings, their hears etc. What's more, we can also sense a sighing soul, for the lost of the beautiful moments with passionate hearts, for the fear of losing sight of the beauty of swan. The 1st stanza introduces the swan and the surroundings. Autumn beauty, dry woodland paths, twilight, brimming water, all these reflect a sensitive heart to feel the beauty. The 2nd stanza describes the scattering, wheeling and roaring of the swan, which surprised Yeats for he hasn't finished counting. Also the clamorous wings hit readers' heart so much. In the 3rd stanza Yeats describe his own feelings. His sore feeling contrasts with the light thread of the swan. We could say this stanza is the turnover of the whole poem, from the beautiful scenery to the author's sad mood. While the 4th stanza enhances this kind of contrast between the passionate heart of the swan and Yeats' strong feeling of no longer passionate. At the same time, this stanza shows Yeats' strong desire to be together with one who he loves from the image of couples of swan loves, while the poet himself is alone. The 5th stanza emphasizes on the Yeats' feeling: he is no longer young, he is afraid he can never see the swan again. As to the real message hidden in the words "nine and fifty swans.", since swans mate for life, where did the missing swan go and what does the missing swan represent? I believe it repesents something missing in Yates life. Could it be the love of a women or the chance for love that has long since gone? After a review of Yeats' whole life. We know that "The Wild Swans at Coole" appeared during a significant moment in the poet’s life and stands therein as a crucial turning point in his relation to the poetic task.Yeats changes from his romantic style to realistic and...
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