Leda and the swan word choice
Word choice of course always has to do with what you want to say and how you want to say this. For example the last words of the first two paragraphs follow the abab rhyme scheme so they are kind of set already. Words are also very particularly chosen to create a certain mood. In the first sentence the mood of the poem is already very clear, a dark, mystified, mood and to do this it uses the word sudden. This tells the reader that an unexpected thing is happening which raises attention. It also attracts interest what is going to happen next. In line four it is made clear that the bird who attacks leda is a he. Yeats expects that his readers are familiar with the myth of Leda and the swan and know that "he" means Zeus, the head honcho of the Greek gods. Zeus slept with hundreds of women and even some boys, too. In fact, Zeus did something similar to a boy named Ganymede. The god changed himself into an eagle and snatched up Ganymede to be his servant on Mt. Olympus. Than in line five the word vague sets the mood of disorientation and not knowing what to do. This might mean that leda did not really know whether she wanted this or not, so her vague fingers push but they don’t really push the swan away. Than the white rush referring to the swan leaving the scene as fast as possible and only leaving some feathers behind. than the next paragraph, in this it says engender, this means that leda gets pregnant, and as bas told you this is how helen is ‘created’. Here burning roof and broken wall also refers to the fall of troy. Dead creates the dramatic mood for the last piece of the poem. Than the last sentence: indifferent beak let her drop, once again pointing out that zeus is not caring for women and does this for his own pleasure as he has proven cause he has done this before.
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