Structure & Form of Yeats' Poetry

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Structure & Form of Yeats' Poetry
1 The Stolen Child
1.1 ABAB AABB rhyme scheme
1.1.1 ABAB creates soft, lyrical, lilting tone but AABB shows form of a Clerihew - rhymes often forced
1.2 Folkloric monologue by Faery to Human Child to persuade him to go with the Faery
2 September 1913
2.1 Ballad with clear chorus - mockery, sarcastic
2.2 Simple ABAB to put out strong political message
2.3 Popular form in Irish Culture
3 The Cold Heaven
3.1 Quatrains to symbolise regularity and tedium of age
3.2 Half rhyming ABAB rhyme scheme shows confusion of Yeats
4 The Wild Swans At Coole
4.1 ABCBDD rhyme structure is rhythmically disturbed flow - Yeats is pleased with nature but displeased with his own life
4.2 Rhyming couplets in every stanza represent Swans and partners, accentuate Yeats' lonliness
4.3 It's almost a Sestina but has 5 stanzas instead of 6, showing loneliness
5 An Irish Airman Forsees His Death
5.1 ABAB Quatrains shows regularity, dull life and inevitability of death
5.2 Elegiac
6 The Fisherman
6.1 ABABCDCD is Shakespearean Sonnet, emphasising love for the Fisherman
6.2 6-7 syllables per line - Fisherman's small emphasis to society
7 Broken Dreams
7.1 Prosaic
7.2 Stream of Consciousness represents raw emotion
8 The Cat and the Moon
8.1 28 lines represents 28 phases of the Moon
8.2 Rhythmically structured to symbolise Waltz dance
8.3 Ballad - highly emotive
9 The Second Coming
9.1 Free Verse - chaotic, lack of control
9.2 Prosaic - rushing thoughts
10 Sailing to Byzantium
10.1 Lyric poem - expresses Yeats' strong emotion
10.2 Corruputed Ottava Rima - an epic, but with twisted half-rhyme so characteristics of it reinforces content
11 Among School Children
11.1 Ottava Rima represents regularity of school routine
11.2 Continually changes in rhyme scheme, Yeats questioning philosophy of life
12 In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz
12.1 ABAB connotes Mantra in last stanza
12.2 No particular rhyme scheme or structure represents the familiarity with the sisters and informality of friendship
13 Leda and the Swan
13.1 Petrarchan Sonnet
13.1.1 Octave introduces problem but against tradition Sestet doesn't solve it, signifying the problem hasn't been solved, it's permanently broken, leaving audience still wondering
13.1.2 Written in traditional rhyme scheme but events are a stark contrast against the usual topics of sonnets
13.2 Quatrains until Sestet where structure is broken, signifies destruction
14 The Man and the Echo
14.1 Simplistic rhyming couplets - simplicity, regularity of death
14.2 Dialogue between Yeats and his haunting past, a shadow
14.3 AABB shows form of Clerihew, rhymes are often forced, Yeats is being forced to reflect in order to understand afterlife
15 Easter 1916
15.1 2nd and 4th stanza are 24 lines long to represent 24th April
15.2 ABAB structure - Yeats varies rhyme to emphasise certain parts of the poem's content and significance
15.3 Maintains a consistency in form, showing unity
15.4 1st and 3rd stanza are 16 lines long to represent 1916
15.5 4 stanzas to show the four months of April

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