Born in Dublin, Yeats studied Law and then later art in school due to his artistic background in his family. After a short lived art career, Yeats decided to follow his passion of writing poetry so he enrolled at the Godolphin School in west London. He was a very mediocre student and a terrible speller. Due to lack of money to pay for tuition, he went back to Dublin and enrolled into Erasmus Smith High School. Early life
After finishing school, he wrote a few but controversial poems that were called un-irish and broke dreams of many. In 1889, he met his first love, Maud Gonne. Yeats proposed to her four times but got rejected all four times. Gonne married a man named, Major John MacBride, a man who Yeats had deep hatred for. After the death of MacBride, Yeats proposed to Gonne once more, but got rejected once more. Yeats finally married a woman named Georgie Hyde- Lees and had two children. His poetry isn’t read as much by common people as much is used for inspiration by other writers such as Máirtín Ó Direáin and songwriter Mike Scott.
"I WHISPERED, 'I am too young,' And then, 'I am old enough'; Wherefore I threw a penny To find out if I might love. 'Go and love, go and love, young man, If the lady be young and fair.' Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny, I am looped in the loops of her hair. O love is the crooked thing, There is nobody wise enough To find out all that is in it, For he would be thinking of love Till the stars had run away And the shadows eaten the moon. Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny, One cannot begin it too soon. "
The poem "The Brown Penny" by William Butler Yeats is a poem about love. In this poem, the speaker is scrutinizing the complications of love. In the lines " 'I am too young,/'And then, 'I am old enough'/;Wherefore I threw a penny/To find out if I might love.", shows that the speaker is wishing for and taking a chance with love. It also shows that the speaker is contemplating whether 'loving' is the right thing for him. He wonders if he is too young or too old for love. When it says, "wherefore I threw a penny", it is assumed that the speaker is throwing a penny into a fountain/wishing well and is seeking an answer to his mystery. The penny symbolizes the chance one takes with love. It can either go right or wrong.
In these lines, "' Go and love, go and love, young man,/If the lady be young and fair.'/Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,/I am looped in the loops of her hair. " the speaker is showing how he is infatuated and fascinated by his lover. By the line "Ah, penny, brown penny,/I am looped in the loops of her hair", it shows a sense of distress over being so entranced by his lover. In the lines, " O love is the crooked thing,/There is nobody wise enough /to find out all that is in it," the speakers is expressing that love is very complicated and no one can ever truly figure out love. " For he would be thinking of love/Till the stars had run away/And the shadows eaten the moon.", the speaker is saying that love is very complicated and how one can speculate love for days on and on but never truly figure out the concept of 'love'.
I was drawn to this poem because I also agree that the concept of love is very complex. This poem is interesting in understanding poetry because the way the penny symbolizes love and its complexity is very poetic.
“The Second Coming” Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand. The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert A shape with lion body and the head of a man, A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun, Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds. The darkness drops again; but now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
Analysis by Sadik Miah “The Second Coming” is written in blank verse, which means it has “a consistent meter but no rhyme scheme” ("The Second Coming: Rhyme, Form & Meter"). The meter is an iambic pentameter, the most common, and was the preferred meter in all of Shakespeare’s plays. It has five two-syllable "iambs" in each line, “each of which approximates the rhythm of a heart- beat (ba-dum, ba-dum, etc.)” ("The Second Coming: Rhyme, Form & Meter."). This iambic rhythm is described as an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one. The second stanza has fourteen lines, the same amount of lines in a sonnet and though at eight lines, the first stanza can be considered as a fragment of a sonnet. Many times used in “The Second Coming” is alliteration and metaphors.
Meaning? ◦ “The Second Coming” is one of Yeats’s famous poems and is also one of the most difficult to understand. The structure of the poem is quite simple though; the first stanza describes the “conditions present in the world and the second stanza summarizes from those conditions that a monstrous ‘Second Coming’ is about to take place” ("Yeats’s Poetry"). The structure is not terribly complicated but the question of what it signifies to a reader is different story. “The Second Coming” was intended to describe the current historical movement and “Yeats believed the world was on the threshold of an apocalyptic revelation, as history reached the end of the outer gyre and began moving along the inner gyre” ("Yeats’s Poetry"). In other words, “The Second Coming” is about the conflict between the modern world and the ancient world.
Significance “I was drawn into this poem because of the way it was written; “the poem is a riddle” (Waters, "William Butler Yeats' Poem "The Second Coming" Analyzed"). Yeats had ended the poem with a question in which he might hint the answers in the poem and makes the reader want to ‘figure-out’ the answer. This poem also it taught me more about the ‘hidden’ meaning in poems and why poetry is important to literature.”
She walks, with her head held high, shining, with all her pride. And every night, she would break, tears tumbling down, crouched in ache. But in the morning. she wakes up with a smile, because its a new day, and things will be good for a while
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SELF DESTRUCTION BY KEITH CAMACHO The world, it suffers as we hurt it Torn and scarred, it strains as we work it. Government and anarchy, there is no difference. No tears are shed, We don’t even wince Out shines a hero, bold in shining armor. But he too is consumed forever in its slumber Money and power corrupt in its own, The one who is just, all alone As authority fails, society crumbles. Guess who was right, that man that mumbles The world will end, in eternal war. The deaths wont shake us, to the core For we are corrupt, we want money. More, More! We go down in flames, we had a good run, At this rate, The human race is done There is still time, save the race The end is near, its in your face.
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