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The Fisherman Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Butler Yeats Type: Poetry Views: 588

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ALTHOUGH I can see him still.

The freckled man who goes

To a grey place on a hill

In grey Connemara clothes

At dawn to cast his flies,

It's long since I began

To call up to the eyes

This wise and simple man.

All day I'd looked in the face

What I had hoped 'twould be

To write for my own race

And the reality;

The living men that I hate,

The dead man that I loved,

The craven man in his seat,

The insolent unreproved,

And no knave brought to book

Who has won a drunken cheer,

The witty man and his joke

Aimed at the commonest ear,

The clever man who cries

The catch-cries of the clown,

The beating down of the wise

And great Art beaten down.

Maybe a twelvemonth since

Suddenly I began,

In scorn of this audience,

Imagining a man,

And his sun-freckled face,

And grey Connemara cloth,

Climbing up to a place

Where stone is dark under froth,

And the down-turn of his wrist

When the flies drop in the stream;

A man who does not exist,

A man who is but a dream;

And cried, "Before I am old

I shall have written him one

poem maybe as cold

And passionate as the dawn.'










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The Fisherman refers to Yeats\' ideal man, he shows national pride by suggesting in the first Stanza that this man is Irish and throughout the poem tells us about this man through comparison to dead nationalists like Riotsat who\'s art was \"beaten down\" he also critics those not appreciating art ant literature of the nationalists.

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