Blood and the Moon 133 -35
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Yeats's poetic muse or model for the "poem's tower", was actually 16th-Century Norman castle in the Barony of Kiltartan, Ireland. Yeats credits this place for the poem's setting. I suppose the insects are part of this setting. The moth/butterfly motif perhaps referring to the achievements of Ireland being unable to flourish, hence trapped at the top of the tower.