Write An Article For A School Magazine Introducing The Poetry Of W.B. Yeats To Leaving Certificate Students. Tell Them What He Wrote About And Explain What You Liked About His Writing, Suggesting Some Poems That You Think They Would Enjoy Reading

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Honours English. ‘OMG it’s so hard!’, that’s often the response you hear from students when I mention these two words. It consists of a Shakespearean drama, a film, a novel and a play, a reading comprehension, essay writing, unseen poetry and of course not forgetting, the prescribed poetry. To some students the prescribed poetry is the most difficult and daunting part of the course! If I’m honest it isn’t my favourite topic either, that is until I decided to look at it from a more optimistic angle. You’re given eight poets to study in detail, take approximately six poems from each poet, learn a few quotes and have at ...view middle of the document...

What’s interesting is that his poems were written at all entire different stages of his life. He never gave up on the hope of being with her.
Take for instance the poem ’Easter, 1916’. In this poem Yeats manages to speak about his anger over the way John MacBride treated Maud Gonne. Not only was it bad enough that Yeats resented MacBride because he married the woman he was deeply in love with but along with that he was also ill-treating her. ‘This other man I had dreamed/ A drunken, vainglorious lot./ He had done most bitter wrong/ To some who are near my heart,’ Yeats was definitely a poet who communicated his true feelings through his poems. To me, this is what poetry is all about. This poem is a very famous poem. However, Yeats was very clever when it came to publishing it. Even though it was wrote straight after the Easter 1916 Rising it wasn’t published until four years later. I can’t help but wonder if this was an act of cowardism on his behalf or was he actually sensitive to the pain the Republicans were feeling and let them endure their grieving process.
I admire the way Yeats managed to personalise this event. The Eater Rising was a national occurrence, everyone was aware of the on-goings. Yet Yeats made me feel, that he was the only one who witnessed all the happenings. He describes each of the powerful rebellious figures of the time as if he knew them intimately. When speaking about Countess Markiewicz he tells us about when she was’… young and beautiful/ she rode to harriers?’
When mentioning this poem you cannot forget to talk about the most talked about term in this poem, ‘A terrible beauty’. This is what is known as an ‘Oxymoron’. Perhaps he meant that both glory and terror have become commingled in the rising and the aftermath. There’s also a very striking metaphor used, which I think has a huge impact, ‘The stone’s in the midst of all’. The stone is referring to the rebels. It represents how unwilling they were to be changed and moved.
The title of this poem, ’Easter 1916’ is also quite intriguing in that it reminds us of one of his earlier poems, ‘September 1913’. Both titles take an alike format.
Personally ‘ September 1913’ is my favourite poem composed by Yeats. I think it’s a poem which we all realise that we have something in common with Yeats. Everyone feels somewhat resentful towards these middle- class citizens that he speaks about. He reflects on the materialism and cynicism of the Irish Catholic middle classes. They’re misers. Their minds are money- orientated, ’And add the halfpence to the pence’ . They’re not going to dirty their hands fighting for independence. ’September 1913’ is famous as in it clearly depicts Yeats’ disillusionment with middle-class Ireland, especially when he repeats the refrain ’Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone’.
This poem, as you might notice sparks an anger within in you. On one hand you...

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