The Wild Swans at Coole Background

The Wild Swans at Coole Background

The poem The Wild Swans at Coole was written by the Irish author, William Yeats in 1916 and published in 1917. The poem has a fix meter and rhyme and it represents the poet’s internal turmoil.

During the time he wrote the poem, William Yeats was staying with his friend Lady Gregory at her home near Coole Park, a place which the poet frequently visited. During his stay there, William Yeats wrote a collection of poem dedicated to Lady Gregory’s son who died during the First World War.

Through this poem, William Yeats expresses his feelings of resentment when faced with the passage of time and with the realization that he is no longer young. Elements that point towards the end and death appear from the first stanza of the poem and the general feeling of sadness, despair and resentment is maintained until the end of the poem.

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