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Analyse William Butler Yeatss Leda and the swan paying particular attention to the poems argument but also focusing on the way meaning is conveyed and modified by rhyme scheme meter rhyme and stanzaic form In the course of your discussion of this text you must discuss what extent the texts genre has affected your analysis given your knowledge of that genres conventions and history 1500 words max WB Yeats mythological poem Leda and the swan can be seen as a typical sonnet recounting the rape of Leda the wife of King of Sparta by the Greek God Jupiter who transformed himself in the form of a swan named Zeus Although merely recapping one of the many mythologies the poem is highly metaphorical at the same time poem had acted as a catalyst for conveying his thoughts and fantasies subsequent to his own experience of unrequited love Throughout the poem Yeats had also unveiled the context of his homeland through the period of 1922-1923 during the time of the Irish civil war a time of aggression and uncertainty despite the irony of the poem written in the form of a typical love sonnet These ideas were further enhanced through the use of a large variety of poetic techniques Born in Dublin in 1865 William Butler Yeats spent much of his time moving from London the countryside of County Sligo Ireland where his grandparents had lived Four years after publishing his first work in 1885 he fell in love with Irish patriot Maud Gonne Although his love was unrequited it is believed that the writers entire collection of works can be linked back to this one and only love Leda and the swan had illustrated his fantasy and the contradicting truth as Shaw agrees the poem to be written to convey the opposition between self and the real world 35 The poem had conveyed Yeatss frustration and his inability to cope with his inner emotions
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