Easter 1916

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Easter 1916
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  1. I HAVE met them at close of day
    Coming with vivid faces
    From counter or desk among grey
    Eighteenth-century houses.
    • the beginning; 
    • he is separating himself from them. 
    • They have vivid faces (for their vigour), yet are behind grey desks (working people)
    • 18th century houses: stuck in the past
  2. I have passed with a nod of the head
    Or polite meaningless words,
    Or have lingered awhile and said
    Polite meaningless words,
    And thought before I had done
    Of a mocking tale or a gibe
    To please a companion
    Around the fire at the club,
    • Club means that he is of an eliteness; it is opposite of shops
    • He passes by the people and tries to make jokes about them.
  3. Being certain that they and I
    But lived where motley is worn:
    All changed, changed utterly:
    A terrible beauty is born.
    • He refers to motley, as in jesters--> its a world of superficiality
    • "We're all silly fools"
    • He ends with saying that this is the past; everything is different
  4. That woman's days were spent
    In ignorant good-will,
    Her nights in argument
    Until her voice grew shrill.
    What voice more sweet than hers
    When, young and beautiful,
    She rode to harriers?
    • By ignorant good will, she does it but doesn't know what she's talking about. 
    • She was once a beauty and now she's old
  5. This man had kept a school
    And rode our winged horse;
    This other his helper and friend
    Was coming into his force;

    He continues mentioning random people and their history because they had something significant attributed to them. htis would all vanish when they become one group of people.
  6. He might have won fame in the end,
    So sensitive his nature seemed,
    So daring and sweet his thought.
    This other man I had dreamed
    A drunken, vainglorious lout.
    This is a crucial line as Yeats sets up a shift. Although the man has good qualities, he is not recognized for it
  7. He had done most bitter wrong
    To some who are near my heart,
    Yet I number him in the song;
    He, too, has resigned his part
    In the casual comedy;
    He, too, has been changed in his turn,
    Transformed utterly:
    A terrible beauty is born.
    This appears when he says that he could have had fame in the end. Becuase of what happened in the Easter Rebellion, he becomes just another number, not a specific face. He is insignificant to hte cause now.
  8. Hearts with one purpose alone
    Through summer and winter seem
    Enchanted to a stone
    To trouble the living stream.
    The horse that comes from the road.
    The rider, the birds that range
    From cloud to tumbling cloud,
    Minute by minute they change;
    • He mentions that they became one group of people with the same purpose. Everything changes, but they are as a stone. Their purpose makes them one and only one
    • Enchanted: something takes over them that they cant control; their identity is unified to a stone 
    • Everything lives and passes them by
  9. A shadow of cloud on the stream
    Changes minute by minute;
    A horse-hoof slides on the brim,
    And a horse plashes within it;
    The long-legged moor-hens dive,
    And hens to moor-cocks call;
    Minute by minute they live:
    The stone's in the midst of all.
    • He mentions that they became one group of people with the same purpose. Everything changes, but they are as a stone. Their purpose makes them one and only one
    • Enchanted: something takes over them that they cant control; their identity is unified to a stone 
    • Everything lives and passes them by
    • Yeats recognizes the everlasating challenge of people dying and being unable to surpass this
  10. Too long a sacrifice
    Can make a stone of the heart.
    O when may it suffice?
    That is Heaven's part, our part
    To murmur name upon name,
    As a mother names her child
    When sleep at last has come
    On limbs that had run wild.
    When is the sacrifice enough? Heaven determines when it ends. WE are just to sit around and remember their name
  11. What is it but nightfall?
    No, no, not night but death;
    Was it needless death after all?
    For England may keep faith
    For all that is done and said.
    We know their dream; enough
    To know they dreamed and are dead;
    And what if excess of love
    Bewildered them till they died?
    • Was the death worth it? Excess love can make someone foolish. Politically, was it worth it? It doesn't even matter.
    • They continued hoping for somthing until they died and nothing changed
  12. I write it out in a verse -
    MacDonagh and MacBride
    And Connolly and Pearse
    Now and in time to be,
    Wherever green is worn,
    Are changed, changed utterly:
    A terrible beauty is born.
    • Their names have disappered due to their involvement in the war. They wre the people in stanza two; but now their identities are changed
    • People gained an identity as great historical people. Their name is remembered, but their lives arent

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