Ruzbeh Babaee, Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya, Yeats’ “Leda and the Swan”: A Myth of Violence, ILSHS Volume 27, International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 27)
https://www.scipress.com/ILSHS.27.170
Abstract:
    W. B. Yeats‟ "Leda and the Swan", first published in the <i>Dial</i> 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.
Keywords:
    Annunciation Poetry, History, Myth, Politics, Rape, Violence