Good post on W.B. Yeat’s poem ‘Death’ written ten years before he passed away. Ironic that the bard’s bones may still lie in France and not in his beloved Sligo. Yeats requested that should he die, his body should be interred in the churchyard at Roquebrune in France and a year later, when all the fuss had died down, he would like to be ‘dug up and planted in Sligo’. French documents reveal compelling evidence the bones gathered in Roquebrune, the Riviera town where Yeats died in 1939, were assembled haphazardly from the graveyard and shipped off to Ireland.
An analysis of a short Yeats poem
‘Death’ is not perhaps numbered among the most famous poems by W. B. Yeats (1865-1939), but it is probably the shortest of all his finest poems. In just a dozen lines, Yeats examines human attitudes to death, contrasting them with an animal’s ignorance of its own mortality. ‘Death’ was written in 1929 and included in Yeats’s 1933 volume The Winding Stair and Other Poems. Here is ‘Death’, followed by a few words by way of analysis.
Nor dread nor hope attend
A dying animal;
A man awaits his end
Dreading and hoping all;
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