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The Dedication To A Book Of Stories Selected From The Irish Novelists Analysis



Author: poem of William Butler Yeats Type: poem Views: 21

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There was a green branch hung with many a bell

When her own people ruled this tragic Eire;

And from its murmuring greenness, calm of Faery,

A Druid kindness, on all hearers fell.



It charmed away the merchant from his guile,

And turned the farmer's memory from his cattle,

And hushed in sleep the roaring ranks of battle:

And all grew friendly for a little while.



Ah, Exiles wandering over lands and seas,

And planning, plotting always that some morrow

May set a stone upon ancestral Sorrow!

I also bear a bell-branch full of ease.



I tore it from green boughs winds tore and tossed

Until the sap of summer had grown weary!

I tore it from the barren boughs of Eire,

That country where a man can be so crossed;



Can be so battered, badgered and destroyed

That he's a loveless man:  gay bells bring laughter

That shakes a mouldering cobweb from the rafter;

And yet the saddest chimes are best enjoyed.



Gay bells or sad, they bring you memories

Of half-forgotten innocent old places:

We and our bitterness have left no traces

On Munster grass and Connemara skies.






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The kinship Yeats sees between Munster and Connemara is multi-faceted seeing as both have nationalistic qualities that are uniquely Irish (Connemara is a cloth in which liked to dress his pastoral Irish characters and Munster is renowned for being a place of the bards). Also Munster is ecologically ruined thanks to English expansionism of the 16th century and has been the site of a plantation since these times whilst Connemara is ruined by mining practises. By looking at the end of the poem, and indeed the poem as a whole we see that Yeats places Engish materialism and Irish spirituality in a binary position, but whereas English mining and forestry has left the grass of Munster and the skies of Connemara in dire ecological states, Irish spiritualism, even in its bittered state brought on by it being surpassed by English materialism, has never sought to endanger these places ecologically because if their spiritual importance.

| Posted on 2015-09-29 | by a guest


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It\'s a poem as a dedication to a book of stories. It does everything it set out to do and should be applauded for it.

| Posted on 2012-11-03 | by a guest




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