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.
International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 27)
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