Yeats, who was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature. The poem is a Petrarchan sonnet, a form usually associated with love and romance, yet here used controversially by Yeats. The story of Leda and the Swan comes from ancient Greek mythology.
He spent his childhood in County Sligo, where his parents were raised, and in London. He returned to Dublin at the age of fifteen to continue his education and study painting, but quickly discovered he preferred poetry. Born into the Anglo-Irish landowning class, Yeats became involved with the Celtic Revival, a movement against the cultural influences of English rule in Ireland during the Victorian period, which sought to promote the spirit of Ireland's native heritage.
Though Yeats never learned Gaelic himself, his writing at the turn of the century drew extensively from sources in Irish mythology and folklore. Also a potent influence on his poetry was the Irish revolutionary Maud Gonne, whom he met ina woman equally famous for her passionate nationalist politics and her beauty.
Though she married another man in and grew apart from Yeats and Yeats himself was eventually married to another woman, Georgie Hyde Leesshe remained a powerful figure in his poetry.
His work after was strongly influenced by Pound, becoming more modern in its concision and imagery, but Yeats never abandoned his strict adherence to traditional verse forms. He had a life-long interest in mysticism and the occult, which was off-putting to some readers, but he remained uninhibited in advancing his idiosyncratic philosophy, and his poetry continued to grow stronger as he grew older.
Appointed a senator of the Irish Free State inhe is remembered as an important cultural leader, as a major playwright he was one of the founders of the famous Abbey Theatre in Dublinand as one of the very greatest poets—in any language—of the century.
Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize in and died in at the age of seventy-three.The speaker wonders if Leda acquired any of Zeus's knowledge as the swan overpowered her.
The speaker wonders if Leda acquired any of Zeus's knowledge as the swan overpowered her. Did she know she was having sex with a god? She didn't have too long to think about it, because as soon as the swan had gotten what he wanted, he let her fall to the ground as if he couldn't care less. “Leda and the Swan” Summary. The speaker retells a story from Greek mythology, the rape of the girl Leda by the god Zeus, who had assumed the form of a swan. Leda felt a sudden blow, with the “great wings” of the swan still beating above her. “Leda and the Swan” Summary. The speaker retells a story from Greek mythology, the rape of the girl Leda by the god Zeus, who had assumed the form of a swan. Leda felt a sudden blow, with the “great wings” of the swan still beating above her.
Did she know she was having sex with a god? She didn't have too long to think about it, because as soon as the swan had gotten what he wanted, he let her fall to the ground as if he couldn't care less.
Leda and the Swan W. B. Yeats, - A sudden blow: the great wings beating still Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill, He holds her helpless breast upon his breast.
Nov 25, · ROME — The traditional Pompeian fresco depicting the mythological scene of Leda and the swan was properly preserved. It reveals the rape of the queen of Sparta by Jupiter, the Romans’ Zeus, within the type of a swan.
Leda and the Swan, sonnet by William Butler Yeats, composed in , printed in The Dial (June ), and published in the collection The Cat and the Moon and Certain Poems ().
The poem is based on the Greek mythological story of beautiful Leda, who gave birth to Helen and Clytemnestra after she was raped by Zeus in the form of a swan.
Leda and the Swan is a story and subject in art from Greek mythology in which the god Zeus, in the form of a swan, seduces Leda. According to later Greek mythology, Leda bore Helen and Polydeuces, children of Zeus, while at the same time bearing Castor and Clytemnestra, children of her husband Tyndareus, the King of Sparta.
William Butler Yeats's "Leda and the Swan" retells the story from Greek mythology of the rape of a girl named Leda by Zeus, the most powerful of the Greek gods. The "twist" of the story is that Zeus is disguised as a swan.
Yeats presents this tale in a relatively graphic way, so modern readers may find the language disturbing.