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To A Young Girl Analysis



Author: poem of William Butler Yeats Type: poem Views: 26

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My dear, my dear, I know

More than another

What makes your heart beat so;

Not even your own mother

Can know it as I know,

Who broke my heart for her

When the wild thought,

That she denies

And has forgot,

Set all her blood astir

And glittered in her eyes.






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This is a poem to Iseult Gonne, daughter of Maud Gonne. Yeats was in love with Maud for almost all his adult life und proposed several times. She kept him on a string and he even proposed to Iseult. Poor Yeats. He and Maud had a "spiritual marriage" for years and a very short love affair in 1909. She kept telling him, that she was appalled by sex but he obviously knew better - hence the glitter in her eye. Voila.

| Posted on 2015-03-09 | by a guest


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In my opinion, here, the young girl is the speaker\'s daughter who is going through hard time convincing her mother to let her be free in her courting a young fellow. Here, the mother disagrees with this love, while the father (the speaker in this poem) tries to soothe his daughter by telling her that he quite understands what she is going through.Also, however negative the mother might be depicted here, the father reminds the daughter of the mother\'s love adventures when she was young, and although she denies this as a result of aging and becoming more conservative, she once was burning by the flames of the same passion and love. Looking at it through a pcychoanalytical point of view, we can say that the daughter is the id, the mother is the superego, and the father - or the speaker - is the ego which is trying to maintain a balance between these two forces.
The only question which has been teasing me is that what the pronoun \"her\" refers to in the 7th line. If anyone can help me, I will be tremendously thankful.

| Posted on 2012-11-13 | by a guest


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I think this is a very erotic poem. When he\'s talking about something that makes her heart beat so, something she can only get from him, not from her mother. And then he talks about a \'wild thought\' that \'set all her blood astir\' \'and glittered in her eyes\'. He is clearly talking about something very erotic, I think he is literally talking about an orgasm.

| Posted on 2012-04-14 | by a guest


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I think it\'s about the man loving the woman and understanding how she feels, but her mother doesn\'t like him so she claims she doesn\'t love him, but she secretly does.

| Posted on 2011-09-23 | by a guest


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I think he speaks to a young girl that is his own. He loved a woman that was married that once loved him but choose to stay with her husband and raise the child as his child.
He know her heart for it is his own. The woman he loves has forgotten how he set her blood to stir and her eyes to glitter.

| Posted on 2010-10-06 | by a guest


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I think the last line makes sense. The man is writing to a girl who obviously has feelings for him, but she is running from him now. He knows her in a romantic sense. Thus knowing what makes her heart beat and knowing as her mother could not. After all, mothers don't know their daughters in the sense of romantic connection. Then, the girl ran. She broke his heart when she did, and it hurts because he KNOWS she had feelings for him that she is now completely rejecting. "Set her blood astir" is he saw her come alive and "glittered in her eyes" it's like when someones eyes light up when something good or exciting is happening.

| Posted on 2010-07-02 | by a guest


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I hate that this poem goes so unrecignized, there is no information on this poem.

| Posted on 2010-04-05 | by a guest


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I believe that this poem is saying...
My dear my dear i know, i know more then anyone eles what your feeling, not even youyr own mom can know as much as i because she broke my heart by being selfish, when she thinks about it, she denies it, she has forgotten what she has done and has set all her blood alive and i dont understand the last part, pherhaps it means it is that she is crying! idk if anyone has anything eles to comment thatd be great. Im doing an isu on this and i kinda have no idea whats going on... HELP NEEDED

| Posted on 2010-04-05 | by a guest




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