Depiction of the Apocalypse and The Second Coming in Works of William Blake and William Butler Yeats

Blake and Yeats Vision of the Apocalypse William Blake and William Butler Yeats both reflected on the apocalypse and the second coming of Christ in their art and poetry. Yeats takes a darker look at the second coming, comparing the Christian age he was in as a “widening gyre” where “the center cannot hold” (lines … Read more

Be a Good Irishman, and Fight: An Analysis of William Butler Yeats’s Play Cathleen Ni Houlihan

Literary composition was a fueling element in the Irish nationalist movement of the early twentieth century. William Butler Yeats undoubtedly placed himself as a leader in the Irish Literary Revival. While Yeats’s nationalism was not as drastic as some revolutionaries whom he was, perhaps unenthusiastically, acquainted with, he often incorporates a strong commitment to Ireland … Read more

W.B. Yeats – ‘Easter 1916’

Contrary to the optimistic nature of the title, “Easter 1916”, Yeats’ poem speaks of death, sacrifice, rebellion and politics. It is not often that Yeats deals with the subject of the Irish Independence movement. The only other expressly political poem he wrote was “September 1913”, which also dealt with the Irish Independence Movement. Thus, the … Read more

Be a Good Irishman, and Fight: An Analysis of William Butler Yeats’s Play Cathleen Ni Houlihan

Literary composition was a fueling element in the Irish nationalist movement of the early twentieth century. William Butler Yeats undoubtedly placed himself as a leader in the Irish Literary Revival. While Yeats’s nationalism was not as drastic as some revolutionaries whom he was, perhaps unenthusiastically, acquainted with, he often incorporates a strong commitment to Ireland … Read more

"An Irish Airman Foresees His Death" by William Butler Yeats

In “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death,” William Butler Yeats’ poem, he focuses on man’s inner nature. He touches on many thoughts that must race through one’s mind at the point when they realize that their death is unavoidable. Main idea of this this poem is death. In this poem, these thoughts include the airman’s … Read more