Monthly Archives: January 2012

WB Yeats’ The Wild Swans at Coole (1918)

Wild Swans at Coole lends itself to multiple interpretations due to the symbolic value of the swans. What do they represent? In one way, they represent everything that Yeats and humanity yearns for and cannot have: youth, beauty, immortality, permanence,…

The Value of Volunteering

So, you’re in highschool. It’s HSC year and you’re doing 13 units, vying for rank one in all your subjects (you’re ambitious). Or, you’re in uni. You’ve got classes 3 days a week and you’re working at a part-time job…

WB Yeats’ When You Are Old (1893)

Context: Published as part of a collection, The Rose, which was inspired by Yeats’ long-time unrequited love, Maude Gonne Yeats was madly in love with Maude and proposed to her on several occasions. He also proposed to her adopted daughter…