Analysis Of The Poem ' Easter 1916 ' By William Butler Yeats Essay

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By September 1913, the Irish poet William Butler Yeats had lost all faith in the concept of freedom for the British controlled nation of Ireland, and documented his disappointment in the renowned poem “September 1913”. Yeats decided to continue to write about his country’s experiences and his personal feelings. Yeats believed that Ireland had no chance of being free until April of 1916. An alliance of rebels planned to overthrow the British and take over Ireland, but the plan failed and many of the rebels were executed by the British. Although the rebellion did not accomplish want the rebels wanted, it caused Yeats to have some hope and rethink his ideas and hopes for Ireland. This inspired him to write “Easter 1916”, a poem published in September of 1916, about the Rising and his stance on it. Yeats became able to rethink ideas and come up with new thoughts about what Ireland could be. William Butler Yeats uses mystical imagery and a highly organized poetic structure in the compelling poem “Easter 1916” to memorialize the heroic actions of the Risings’ figureheads, while showing his conflicted sense about the rebellion and its contribution to Ireland’s independence.
While “Easter 1916” focuses on the lives lost and the legacy of the rebellion in the poem, Yeats fails to give important background context about what happened during the Rising itself and how it would shape the purpose of the poem. On Easter Monday of April 1916, rebels and Irish patriots stormed key…

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