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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…

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…

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,…

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…

Yr 9: Studying Poetry Assignment

Introduction This is quite a long assignment on poetry. You can use this assignment either by going through each task per lesson, or just give the student the entire assignment to do over 1 month. This covers: Techniques Symbols Short…