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Yeats’ “Leda and the Swan”: A Myth of Violence

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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. In Yeats‟s poem, Leda represents Ireland, forcefully violated by a foreign power — Great Britain. The present study reviews mythological as well as political aspects of Yeats‟ “Leda and the Swan” and investigates the act of violence in the poem.

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Periodical:
International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 27)
Pages:
170-176
Citation:
R. Babaee and W. R. Wan Yahya, "Yeats’ “Leda and the Swan”: A Myth of Violence", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 27, pp. 170-176, 2014
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May 2014
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