W.B. Yeats - A Personal Response

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Write an article for a school magazine introducing the poetry of W.B. Yeats to Leaving Certificate students. Tell them what he wrote about and explain what you liked in his writing, suggesting some poems that you think they would enjoy reading. 4

Support your points by reference to the poetry of W.B. Yeats that you have studied. 4

Write an article for a school magazine introducing the poetry of W.B. Yeats to Leaving Certificate students. Tell them what he wrote about and explain what you liked in his writing, suggesting some poems that you think they would enjoy reading.

Support your points by reference to the poetry of W.B. Yeats that you have studied.

Yeats’ poetry is far-reaching, exploring various themes and issues. Yeats wrote not just about his own experiences, but also various issues in the world around him. His poetry can be characterized in three separate ways: firstly by its personal perspective, secondly its political perspective and thirdly through the variety of themes it covers.

In this article I also wish to focus on one of the features of Yeats’ poetry that he uses to explore the aforementioned themes and issues, his imagery. I believe that these qualities would be enjoyed by other Leaving Certificate students, and that they would be interested in the poems featuring these that I have read, in particular The Lake Isle of Innisfree, Easter 1916, September 1913, Sailing to Byzantium, An Irish Airman Foresees his Death.

Yeats’ poetry often ...

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