Monthly Archives: February 2012

WB Yeats’ The Second Coming

Context: Yeats’ developed a philosophical theory (later published as “A Vision”) about gyres and the cyclical nature of history. Yeats’ theory was that civilisation moves in 2000 year cycles of change during which society grows, matures and declines. At the…

Genre: Tragedy – Shakespeare

Mid last year, I wrote about the tragedy genre. I had a brief summation of the elements of tragedy and a list of possible tragic texts. The most well-known tragic texts, however, are the ones written by Shakespeare. Shakespearean tragedy…

WB Yeats’ Among School Children

Context: Yeats’ wrote this poem when he was 61 years old. Yeats was a member of a committee, which was reviewing how model schools worked Yeats had just visited St Otteran’s, a Catholic school in Waterford, which was run under…

WB Yeats’ Easter 1916

Context: In Easter 1916, Dublin, there was a small rebellion against the British Army. The rebels fortified buildings, but were easily outnumbered and the British Army had cannons, machine guns etc. The rebels surrendered after 5 days and were executed…