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Down by the Salley Gardens by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats is a short poem with an overall theme of love lost and the foolishness and rashness of youth It is unusual that Yeats chose such a short poem to express so much as he did in Down by the Salley Gardens for he could have equally chosen to write a much lengthier poem on such grave topics However he has chosen a repetitive and simplistic approach which disarms the reader immediately The reader is captured by the folk-like story telling approach and relates hisher own experiences and knowledge to the poems theme The overall tone of the poem is regret at having been so foolish as to lose something as precious as genuine love It is written in a single stanza with a rhythmic pattern of rhyming couplets The poem is in a lyrical style as it provokes many images with each line It has a flowing natural rhythm that rhymes at the end of each line that adds to the feeling of lyricism In fact this poem has been put into a musical setting by many composers most notably Britten The poem has very little special poetic language or use of devices In fact it resembles typical conversational language There is no evidence of simile or metaphor personification or idiom Within the poem there is some simple attempt at imagery with little snow-white feet laid her snow-white hand There is also much use of repetition almost like a lamenting refrain at the end of each verse as seen in She bid me take life easyBut I being young and foolish With these words Yeats has the woman deliver the advice and the young man foolishly not take it so the point is driven home by this repetition The poem is written in the first person that draws the reader strongly into the theme relating it to personal events This is
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