The Wild Swans at Coole Themes

The Wild Swans at Coole Themes

Death and the passing of time

Many elements in the poem point out to this theme and those elements are the season described and the fact that the poet is talking about the twilight. These elements are associated with ending and combined with the general feeling given by the poem; it is safe to assume that the poem talks about death and how time is irreversible.


There is a constant comparison between men who seems to fade away quickly and that there is nothing he can do to stop nature taking its course and nature, which is suspended in time. Even though the poet and the world around him changed constantly during the nineteen years since he started visiting the lake, the swans and the lake remained unchanged. The poem concludes with this idea, that while a generation will pass and another one will come, nature will remain the same, beautiful and eternal.

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