Teacher Guide

Poems of W.B. Yeats: The Rose Lesson Plan

Introduction to Poems of W.B. Yeats: The Rose

William Butler Yeats is one of Ireland's best known and loved poets. The twenty-two poems of The Rose, published in 1893, make up Yeats's second collection. He would go on to publish nine more. In The Rose, Yeats is preoccupied with Irish mythology and unrequited love, and these themes meld in interesting ways throughout the collection. The titular rose is Ireland at some times and the object of Yeats's affection—Maud Gonne—at others. In fact, one of the names for Ireland in the Irish language is "Roisin Dubh," which means "dark rose."

Key Aspects of Poems of W.B. Yeats: The Rose

Tone

The tone of the poems varies but is usually melancholic and reverent. Yeats generally writes in a...

Join Now to View Premium Content

GradeSaver provides access to 1406 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 10267 literature essays, 2608 sample college application essays, 509 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.

Join Now

Already a member? Log in