1865 - 1939
W.B. Yeats is the greatest Irish poet
hailed by many critics. He was in favour of 19th century Celtic Revival.
Yeats being interested in the "Political movement led by Parnell to win
Independence for Ireland", Though he was interested in Mand Gonne, the
famous beauty of his time, his love was not returned.
However she gave him inspiration to write "Love Poetry" Byzantium,
Prayer for my daughter, Road at my door
are some of his finest poems.
"Lake Isle of Innisfree" stands as a shining example as lyrical and
extremely romantic. Yeats also produced translations of sophocles'
classical Greek plays. Some of his poems flow in "language as casual as
that of prose" but the conversational rhythms have "Neatness and
tightness". W.B. Yeats themes are his own accomplishment.
For example "The road at my door" is a poem about the "attraction -
the man of intellect feels for the world of action" making the poem
attractive and appealing to the reader through images and ideas
intrinsically conveyed in a forceful manner; maintaining the rhythm and
The idiomatic phrases used by the poet 'cracking jokes' suggesting
the "informalnature" of the conversation. The poet's use of
conversational rhythms with wonderfully bestowed neatness and the casual
language used as in prose add glamour to the diction style used by the
The reader is taken away into the, past, present and future revealing
the poet's philosophical views, cultural patterns, attitudes and values
emphasising his wish and desire for Peace and Harmony, Love and
In his poem 'A prayer for my daughter' he has stressed the importance
of calmness, peace and harmony. Yeat's concern about peace is
highlighted in his poem "A prayer for my daughter". Through wording he
verbal and auditory images.
"Some green laurel"
"Rooted in one dear perpetual place"
"Spreading laurel tree"
"Can never tear the linnet from the leaf"
His ardent desire for peace is highlighted in his poem "A prayer for
"An intellectual hatred is the worst"
"Barter that horn and every good"
"By quiet natures understood"
Yeat's reference to events and characters stand exclusively and
The tone of most of his poems carry "seriousness, tenderness and
lightness" as well as "anger and hope".
W.B. Yeat's poems reveal his attitudes, his values, views and
cultural patterns highlighting his desire for peace, harmony, love and
kindness including understanding.