Essay about Analysis Of ' Leda And The Swan '

989 Words Oct 8th, 2016 4 Pages
Throughout the ages, Greek myths have become a popular subject and have been reimagined numerous times through various medias including art and literature. Each generation brings forth a new perspective on these ancient tales, providing a new glimpse into the bygone civilization. During the 1920s, both William Butler Yeats and H.D (Hilda Doolittle) wrote poems about women in Greek mythology, each choosing a notable figure who contributed to the fall of Troy. In “Leda and the Swan,” Yeats explains a famous Greek myth, where Leda is raped by Zeus in the form of a massive swan. This copulation led to the conception of Helen, who history deems as the beauty who launched a thousand ships in the Trojan War. In his sonnet, Yeats observes how the consequences of this event unfold over decades of violence. H.D’s poem “Helen,” studies the title character and the power and the peril of astounding beauty. By retelling these myths and focusing on the stories of these women, Yeats and H.D reveal in their poems “Leda and the Swan” and “Helen” the objectification of women present throughout the patriarchal Greek society. Despite the difference in the portrayals, each poem demonstrates the same conclusion through similar imagery. Within the first stanza of “Leda and the Swan,” Yeats establishes Leda’s lack of power and continues to reinforce her weakness through his wordage. Adjectives such as staggering, helpless, and terrified, describes her vulnerability as she is suddenly overpowered…

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