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OAC English Period 3 Writing for Free Ireland Yeatss Poetry William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet a dramatist and a prose writer - one of the greatest English-language poets of the twentieth century Yeats 1 His early poetry and drama acquired ideas from Irish fable and arcane study Eiermann 1 Yeats used the themes of nationalism freedom from oppression social division and unity when writing about his country Yeats an Irish nationalist used the three poems To Ireland in the Coming Times September 1913 and Easter 1916 which revealed an expression of his feelings about the War of Irish Independence through theme mood and figurative language The theme of nationalism dominates in To Ireland in the Coming times and in Easter 1916 In the former poem Yeats suggested the idea of Irish brotherhood to achieve justice for Ireland True brother of a company that sang to sweeten Irelands wrong Finneran 50 Although he wanted to fight for Irelands freedom he did not participate in any military activities Instead he used songs and poems to reflect the situation in Ireland I cast my heart into my rhymes That you in the dim coming times May know how my heart went with them Finneran 51 In the latter poem he mentioned the names of the national heroes such as MacDonagh who died for the rebellion Abrams 2308 and said Now and in time to be Whenever green is worn Finneran 182 Green was the colour of the soldiers uniforms and also the national colour of Ireland which alluded that the war was still going on in Ireland The theme of freedom from oppression was introduced in September 1913 Although Yeats loved his country he often criticized it He left Ireland after he published this poem which stated that the Ireland of his imagination no longer existed Romantic Irelands dead and gone its with OLeary in the grave Finneran 108 Yeats implied that Irish freedom fighters
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