Poem Analysing Wild Swans at Coole

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WILD SWANS AT COOLE The poem for this task is ‘Wild Swans at Coole’ by William Butler Yeats. The poem was written in 1915 in the middle of World War One. The poem was written in Coole Park in Ireland and based on Yeats observations towards the swans he had seen on that lake during the previous 19 years. The premise of the poem is the fact that swans mate for life. Yeats notices that there are only fifty nine swans. The lines “Upon the brimming water among the stones are nine-and-fifty swans” clearly indicates that one of the swans does not have a pair and so is by itself. In all those times he had previously visited there, the swans had been the same. He writes the poem as drastic changes are taking place in his life. It is a reflection on how that the world war one changes everything – changes what had been the ‘ natural order’.. Life changed dramatically after War World One- the social order changed, lifestyles changed, expectations changed, and most of all as a result of the many deaths caused by the war- futures changed. I believe the poet wrote this poem in order to express his feelings towards that one swan that is left alone. He wrote this poem during his last days and while he was on his last visit to Coole Park. He felt sorrow towards the swans, felt sorrow for himself as well as all that have been left alone. The message the poet is conveying is that the world was tamed through war and revolution. Swans are still wild then and now, but we, the human race, has had its wings clipped through violence. We are in a situation like we are packed in a box. The war swept away a whole generation of young people and a way of life. The most interesting features of this poem are the rhyming patterns/ couplets and the descriptive language used to evoke the stillness on the lake. The line “Companionable streams or climb the air, Their hearts have not
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