In “leda and the swan,” yeats rewrites the greek myth of zeus and leda to comment on fate and historical inevitability: zeus disguises himself as a swan to rape the unsuspecting leda in this poem, the bird is fearsome and destructive, and it possesses a divine power that violates leda and initiates the dire consequences of war and. The poem leda and the swan was inspired by the greek myth, in which leda is seduced and raped by zeus in the guise of a sawn in his poem, yeats explores the idea of a single action unfolding into violence and destruction.
Description and explanation of the major themes of yeats’s poetry this accessible literary criticism is perfect for anyone faced with yeats’s poetry essays, papers, tests, exams, or for anyone who needs to create a yeats’s poetry lesson plan zeus disguises himself as a swan to rape the unsuspecting leda in this poem, the bird is.
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. Leda and the swan was written in 1923, a year of success for wbyeats, who was awarded the nobel prize for literature this international acknowledgement followed years of turmoil and dismay during the irish civil war, which ended with the setting up of the irish free state in 1922, and yeats installed as a senator. Violence in yeats’s poem, as a way of approaching the complexities of violence against the female body keywords: w b yeats, “leda and the swan”, rape, violence.
W b yeats‟ leda and the swan, first published in the dial in 1924, is an example of irish poetry drawing on classical greek and latin texts to create a commentary on the political atmosphere in ireland the poem is based on the story of leda, who was raped by zeus in the form of a swan and later gave birth to helen of troy. Violence in leda and the swan by wbyeats “leda and the swan” is one of the most well known poems by yeats, although it’s controversy as to what really happens during the lines of this sonnet.
Leda and the swan was published in yeats's 1928 collection the tower – one of the most celebrated and important literary works of the 20th century the tower includes other great poems like among schoolchildren and sailing to byzantium . A summary of a classic yeats poem ‘leda and the swan’ (published in 1924) is one of w b yeats’s most widely anthologised poems the poem, which somewhat unusually for yeats is a sonnet, is about the rape of the greek girl leda by the god zeus, who has assumed the form of a swan. An analysis of a selection of yeats's poetry in terms of the meanings of violence this essay will be published on 2 august, 2015, in yeats 150 ed declan j foley, dublin: lilliput press.