The same relation exists between all portions of every work of art, whether it be an epic or a song, and the more perfect it is, and the more various and numerous the elements that have flowed into its perfection, the more powerful will be the emotion, the power, the god it calls among us. A few will remember Yeats, his thoughts and feelings, because of his poems. Day Lewis and Stephen Spender. This personification serves to elegize Yeats while simultaneously ushering in a new poet who can transform society. But reason for this is that inspired with absolute artistic sincerity and integrity, he does not hesitate to express himself in a blunt and straightforward manner. Masefield, Robert Bridges, Edmund Blunden etc are the great poets of nature in modern poetry.
You can find more great poetry recommendations with this , these , and these. He began by producing poems in the Pre-Raphaelite romantic tradition. Some of the examples of unconventional metaphors are the use of the word 'midnight' to refer to the end of days, end of life and darkness in life. The uniformly high standard of work is maintained even in the poems of the last phase. Yeats started his long literary career as a romantic poet and gradually evolved into a modernist poet. The sad realities of life paved the way of humanitarian aspect in modern literature. He is certain that no one who had a philosophy of his art, or a theory of how he should write, has ever made a work of art, that people have no imagination who do not write without forethought and afterthought as he writes his own articles.
The falcon, symbolizing intellectual power, has got free of the control of the falconer, representing the heart or soul. A prolific writer, Auden was also a noted playwright, librettist, editor, and essayist. Some of this is interesting, but most of it isn't very helpful if what you're looking for is an actual explanation. Romanticism in poetry arose in response to the enlightenment ideals that prevailed in the 18th century. Yeats was a great meterist as much as he experimented with various stanzas, and different forms of verse. Though she married another man in 1903 and grew apart from Yeats and Yeats himself was eventually married to another woman, Georgie Hyde Lees , she remained a powerful figure in his poetry. Search in the poems of William Butler Yeats: William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and playwright, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature.
In the opening stanza of Easter 1916 we are given the myth of Yeats's contemporaries coming out of the dead past to take part in the activities of the present. He does not find any spiritual meaning in nature. These are, perhaps, inevitable thoughts once we reach a certain age: they certainly came to Yeats in his later years, and he frequently wrote about growing old. The antimonies of the human and the non-human, of the spiritual and the material, the sensuous and the artistic, physical decay and intellectual maturity, the past and the present, the personal and the impersonal, power and helplessness, constantly occur and recur in his poetry. But, when all are together, moon and wave and whiteness and setting Time and the last melancholy cry, they evoke an emotion which cannot be evoked by any other arrangement of colours and sounds and forms.
Ironically, his verses incorporated a language that was more colloquial than poetic. The second coming is at hand. The modern poets find inspirations from railway trains, tramcars, telephones and things of commonplace interest. In conclusion, the modernism in Yeats' poetry is clear mainly through his use of simple language, metaphors having several interpretations, smybols, political references, allusions and juxtaposition of ideas. Yeats has used different type of landscape to symbolize the spiritual and psychological states of modern man.
With the turn of the century, Yeats changed into a great 20th century realistic poet from the 19th century romanticism. The coat is romanticism that he is abandoning, and the naked state is the state of modernism he is adopting. Had my pen not fallen on the ground and so made me turn from the images that I was weaving into verse, I would never have known that meditation had become trance, for I would have been like one who does not know that he is passing through a wood because his eyes are on the pathway. The modernists experimented with verse forms, wrote about politics, shifted away from conventions and traditions, and rejected the notion that poetry should simply be lyrical and beautiful. It is made terse and epigrammatic in force and sublimity.
The Transition from Romanticism to Modernism Yeats started his long literary career as a romantic poet and gradually evolved into a modernist poet. The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth. This focuses on the story from Greek myth in which Zeus, having adopted the form of a swan, rapes the girl Leda and impregnates her with the child who will become Helen of Troy. In the early stage of his career, his symbolism is simple, easy to understand, like the traditional symbol of Rose. .
His critical attitude made him one of the moderns. It was a liberating poem for Yeats, since it showed him moving resolutely in a single stride from one poetic age to the next. Eliot, is a representative modern poet and presents the spirit of the age in his poetry. He includes his own opinions and commentary and alleges that the ancient pagan spirits and the Catholicism of modern Ireland live in harmony together. Yeat's 'A Coat' is a self-dramatization of a stylistic change, he is casting off the old, rhetorical, ornate style of 'embroideries' for a new, simple, realistic style of 'walking naked'. They became aware of a new lyrical voice that had a fay quality, a wild tenderness, something which was wanting to their souls. After the World war-I people got totally shattered and they suffered from frustration, boredom, anxiety and loneliness.