September 7th, 2017 by winslowo

Blog Post #1: 10 observations about Yeats’ “The lake Isle of Innisfree”

1: Several lines start with the word “And” giving a run-on sentence feel.

2: The first stanza and the last stanza have corresponding meters and rhyme schemes.

3:The middle stanza is less organized and more scattered on the page.

4: “I will arise and go now” repeats at at the beginning of the final stanza, which works to create a full circle in the content of the poem.

5: Looking at the form of this poem in its entirety, it looks sort of like a sandwich or a cheeseburger with two solid stanzas on both the top and bottom, and then a mess of ingredients in the middle.

6:The inventory that he lists in the first stanza of all his belongings is quite short.

7:Several words have a solemn and solitary connotation such as “alone,” “slow,” “peace,” “glow.”

8:The poem reads in the future tense. In other words, this is a goal or dream that the narrator has. He states, “I will” and “I shall.”

9:The middle section feels more enchanting with phrases such as “midnight’s all a glimmer,” “Noon a purple glow,” “Crickets singing,” “Evening full of linnets wings.”

10: The final stanza comes back into present tense, and is more raw in its depiction of nature. For instance, grey pavement and lapping water.


September 7th, 2017 by Aliya Nichols

10 Things I Noticed About the “Stolen Child”

  1. The words “leafy island, herons, water rats, berries, moonlight, bubbles, hills” makes the setting of the far off land sound like a tropical island. These words imply that on the leafy island there is an unspoken respect for nature. Everyday there would be a focus on nature which would allow the child to escape reality.
  2. The author uses personification in the line “ferns that drop their tears over young streams.” This supports the previous point that the author has a special connection with the nature on the island. It is implied that the island is a place to escape the “weeping” of the real world and focus on nature. The focus of the island to appreciate the nature that surrounds them.
  3. When the narrator is convincing the child to escape to the island, he says “[he won’t hear any more] calves on the warm hillside… [or] kettle [and won’t] see the brown mice bob” (Yeats). The “calves, kettle, hillside and mice” represent a country like feel. The narrator is asking the child to leave the country to live in the wild.
  4. This is a prominent binary throughout the poem, country versus wild. According to the author, the country is “full of weeping” but the wild allows one to connect with nature. The country has real world problems in it and is full of pain but in the wild life is relaxing and peaceful.
  5. The word “stolen” is only used once throughout the entirety of the poem. I found this to be interesting because the word was aimed at food instead of the child. The word in the title versus the word in the poem set up two different tones for the poem. The title alludes that there may or may not be a kidnapping while “reddest stolen cherries” implies that food on the “leafy island” is scarce.
  6. In big picture terms, bringing a child to an island to escape the real world is not a respectable act. Growing up is an essential part of life that is not pleasant but is necessary to be self sustaining. The moral of the poem is that a child will never have to grow up if they escape to the “leafy island.” The island is a scapegoat to the hardships of the real world. Convincing a child to leave civilization “[since] the world’s more full of weeping than [the child] can understand” is taking away the child’s chance of growing up to be an emotionally mature adult.
  7. Throughout the poem, the author repeats the phrase “for the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.” This phrase can be addressed to the child who has yet to have grown up or the author himself who wishes he did not grow up. The author is not happy with how the world works and all the “weeping” and sadness that contributes to it.  
  8. The only food mentioned in the poem was “trout…. [and] berries.” This makes the narrator’s plan to take the child to an island sound irrational. The lack of food and nutrition that the child would inquire on an island would be far worse than having the face the “weeping” of the world.
  9. The phrase “while the world is full of troubles and anxious in its sleep” sounds like the narrator is portraying that he has anxiety and insomnia. Anxiety during sleep is something that makes the narrator dislike the real world. It is what the narrator wants the child to be able to escape from. The narrator is assuming that the child will acquire the same anxiety of the world that narrator has. The narrator seems gullible because of this and his intentions for taking the child away from the real world are selfish.
  10. The “leafy island,” “slumbering trout,” “faer[ies],” and “bubbles” and setting of the island, reminds me of the movie Peter Pan. It seems impractacle to take a child to neverland where they will never have to grow up but this idea has been replicated in a movie as well as in this poem.

September 7th, 2017 by olearyc

“Who Goes With Fergus?” Observations

1.) The tile “Who goes with Fergus?” appears to be a rhetorical question directed at a specific audience that Yeats is trying to reach.

2.) Although Fergus isn’t fully identified, he is described as someone who has “pierced” through the deep woods and danced upon the shore. Further, he has chosen to surround himself with nature and Yeats is opening an invitation for his audience to do the same.

3.)Yeats asks men to lift up their “russet brow” and women to lift their “tender eyelids,” possibly insinuating that they need to open their eyes to something they have been close minded to.

4.) Yeats personifies the stars by describing them as “wandering” in the last line

5.) There are a series of anaphora’s in both the first and second stanza that begin with the word “and” that add parallelism and rhythm to the poem.

6.)The word choices brood, wood, rules, are all repeated twice through the poem an are all used to create emphasis.

7.)Yeats follows a strict ABCABC rhyme scheme which also adds to the flow and rhythm of the poem.

8.)He challenges himself and others to leave behind “love’s bitter mystery” as Fergus did, further alluding to the benefits of leaving earthly desires.

9.)The second stanza incorporates a more somber mood/tone than the first. The word choice of shadows, dim seam, and disheveled wandering starts are all phrases that have a dark and mysterious connotation.

10.)Yeats suggests a risk and mystery that is involved in nature but ultimately expresses it is more rewarding.

September 7th, 2017 by pinedaj

On Yeats’ “The Man Who Dreamed of Faeryland.”

  1. The longest of the three poems we’ll focus on during Friday’s class, this poem seems most invested in developing the detail/description of the narrative or story being told.
  2. The  title centers the dreaming man as the poem’s key focus, and the body of the poem furthers this effort by beginning every stanza with “he.”
  3. Specifically, the first two words of each stanza highlight the dreaming man and his actions so as to reflect the story’s chronology: “he stood, he wandered, he mused, he slept.”
  4. The third-person point-of-view also works to evoke a storytelling tradition.
  5. Language in the first stanza is dreamy and majestic i.e. the personification of the earth via “her stony care” and of “Time,” as signaled through capitalization.
  6. Ireland is referred to as a “woven world-forgotten isle.” The alliteration of the first two words emphasizes this detail.
  7. The solemn nature of the poem’s final stanza is a turn away from the dreamy quality of the earlier parts of the poem.
  8. Personification of silence–and the characterization of it as ‘old’–draws my attentiont o: “Old silence bids its chosen race rejoice” in stanza 3.
  9. The poem’s final line, “The man has found no comfort in the grave.” illuminates the effect of the poem’s title and the way audiences might imagine the man’s dream of and relationship to faeryland.
  10. God is referenced to directly twice in the poem’s final stanza.

September 7th, 2017 by Angst Bear

10 Notes About “To the Rose Upon The Rood of Time”

  1. The title has a pretty alliteration that catches my eye. The “Rose and “Rood” flow well together, and the word rood tells me that the rose is fixed to the landscape of time.
  2.  The poem’s opening repetition of “red rose” already signifies the roses importance in the universe of the poem.
  3. The first stanza serves to introduce the rose, as well as the Druid’s story of sharing his dreams with Fergus.
  4. The “red rose” portion is matched in repetition with “come near” in stanza two, as well as that Dramatic speaker is speaking directly to the reader.
  5.  At this moment, the mood of the poem has the sense of a storyteller setting the tone of a long story, that this poem is only the first of several episodes.
  6. The line in that second stanza, “Lets I no more hear common things that crave; /” with the worm, field mouse, and people being examples. I find it suggests that this means it is twilight, the time for storytelling and magic, the time to “hear strange things said / By God to the bright hearts of those long dead.
  7.  We have a non-rhyming conversation with the Druid and Fergus, a King of the red branch royalty who believes and reveres the magic of the Druid.
  8.  Fergus self-doubts the power of kings. Though, Druid argues Fergus has more than he thinks.
  9. Fergus is exposed to a myriad of images, with “king sitting upon a chair of gold” possibly predicting his future.
  10.  He feels knowing this has not helped him.

September 7th, 2017 by kailabasile

10 things i noticed about the man who dreamed of faeryland

  1. there’s an element of storytelling throughout, not only is the poem a story from his burial to the fish singing/waking him from rest to his disappointment in the end, but the “protagonist” is told stories by the different creatures/nature he encounters.
  2. the diction/colors in the poem are glimmering, glittering, silvers and golds, adding a sense of mysticism and magic and creating the “twilight” that’s so important to celtic mythology
  3. each stanza begins with a part of ireland/geographical place (that don’t seem too popular and touristy from my google searches) which are paired with movement/action, making the poem somewhat of a journey (playing into the storytelling element)
  4. fairies seem to take on multiple roles in irish mythology, here they are “gay, exulting, gentle” – represent a promise land
  5. ideal land “to the north south or west” , “woven world-forgotten isle” is characterized by lovers being free to love forever (lovers seem very important and symbolic).
  6. dense imagery and diction – very verbose, lots of alliteration, rhyming outside of a rhyme scheme, lots of ,s and ;s without .s, making the sentences run on
  7. there’s a transcendental quality to the awareness of the corpse being buried, rotting, worms “spired about his bones,” a kind of separation of the person from the physical body in the land of twilight, lovers, fairies, dreams, etc.
  8. very musical, most of the stanzas are being sung to the “protagonist,” the song-like quality is what wakes him and causes him to wander, almost as if he is being tricked into wandering by songs/stories
  9. the last stanza ends with loneliness and discontentment, a departure from the mysticism and magic that was promised and talked of. this loneliness is directly related to not being missed/loved.
  10. the word “undaunted” in the last paragraph is interesting – as if the songs are not so beautiful and enchanting.

September 7th, 2017 by mooree

10 things I noticed about “Who Goes with Fergus?”

1.) 8 out of the 12 lines in the poem begin with “And”
2.) The rhyme scheme in both stanzas is ABCABC
3.) The verb brood is repeated in the second stanza after being used in the first
4.) The image and place of the “wood” is utilized twice
5.) The poem is addressed to a young man
6.) The characters in the poem that are active or mentioned are Fergus, the speaker, the young man, and a maid
7.) Fergus is described as a powerful figure associated with the forest, the sea, and the stars
8.) The mystery of love is negatively affecting the young man and causing him to brood
9.) The stars at the end of the poem are personified as disheveled and wandering- a messy image
10.) The wood is described as a dark place in both stanzas through the descriptions of shade and shadows

September 7th, 2017 by Becca Stout

10 Things I Noticed in “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

  1. In the beginning, to have peace, the speaker must go to Innisfree. The last three lines negate this because the speaker claims to hear this peaceful place where he currently is.
  2. The overall poem exemplifies the Romantic idea of going into nature and living there, similar to Thoreau’s and Emerson’s ideas.
  3. While the speaker plans to “live alone,” instead of loneliness, a common reaction to being on one’s own, he or she will “have some peace,” (lines 4-5).
  4. The speaker plans to be independent and live off the land without influence from others when growing “nine bean-rows” and having “a hive for the honey-bee,” (line 3).
  5. There are no other humans in the poem, just the result of humans in the form of “a small cabin,” “the roadway,” and the “pavement,” (lines 2 and 11).
  6. Peace lasts all day from “morning to where the cricket sings,” or from morning to night (line 6).
  7. “Peace comes dropping slow” evokes the imagery of rain drops drizzling around the speaker and the peace that comes from that, (line 5).
  8. Except for the last three lines, the speaker’s verbs are in the future tense; he only uses present tense in the last three lines.
  9. The speaker claims in the fifth line that he will have “some peace” at Innisfree, not full peace.
  10. At Innisfree, time seems to work differently. The progression of the day throughout lines six through eight mention morning then night then midnight then noon and then evening.

September 7th, 2017 by watsono

10 observations, “The Man Who Dreamed of Faeryland”

By Olivia Watson

  1. Written in the third person; the “he” referring to the unnamed man of the poem’s title
  2. Each stanza consists of 12 lines
  3. Stanzas follow a consistent rhyme scheme (enclosing rhyme?)
  4. References to specific places in Ireland at the beginning of each stanza: “Drumahair”, “Lisadill”, “Scanavin”, “Lugnagall”
  5. Romantic language: “twilight”, “Druid”, “star-laden seas”, “faery vows”, “gay, exulting, gentle race”, “a shower of moons”,
  6. Dream-like quality; escape from reality into a dream world: “gentle feeling wraps them like a fleece,/And all their trouble dies into its peace;/The tale drove his fine angry mood away”
  7. Despite the dreamy, fantastical language, the poem references organized religion and God: “Of how God leans His hands out of the sky,/To bless that isle with honey in His tones”
  8. Repetition of the word “mused” in the third stanza
  9. Movement from life into a dream world into eventual death in the final stanza
  10. Frequent references to Nature (capitalized), the earth, land (isles), seas, moons,

September 7th, 2017 by Peter

Ten Observations about “The Man Who Dreamed of Faeryland”

The rhyme scheme is ABBACDDCEFFE, with four stanzas in total.

Other than proper nouns and beginnings of each verse, the only capitalized words are Time, God, and Nature.

The poem seems to be of a man who is either dead or dying, as it describes him as “musing upon” things and his “mind [runs]” before going into an “unhaunted sleep” and finding “no comfort in the grave.”

Every beginning of each stanza starts with “He.”

At the end of every fourth verse there is a colon or semicolon punctuation, while last verse of each stanza is a complete standalone sentence, separated by punctuation from the previous verse.

The beginning verse of each stanza has a name of a location (Dromahair, Scanavin, Lugnagall, Lissadell).

All the stanzas have some kind of thing or creature singing or crying.

The entire central focus of the poem is on the man and how his surroundings and thoughts are affecting him.

The poem seems to have a melancholic tone of sad memories, with “he had known at last some prudent years before they heaped his grave under the hill” and “his sudden vengeance were a country tale.”

The name of the poem is “The Man Who Dreamed of Faeryland,” and although it is indeed of a man’s dream, there are no faeries nor is this “Faeryland” ever explicitly denoted.

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