“Yeats can be a challenging poet to read, both in terms of style and subject matter. To what extent do you agree with this statement.”
Generally, Yeat's poetry is challenging to read but he has the ability of using his style and subject matter to make his poetry available to be read and interpreted by readers of any ability. I can identify with the statement to an extent because of studying and thinking of his approach to the subject matter and outlook of it. The subject matter I found the most challenging include his inspiration and connection with nature. “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”and “The Wild Swans At Coole”depict this source of inspiration and imagery to convey his appreciation for nature. I feel that this connection is portrayed in his style and contribute greatly to the themes. This includes the use of sensual language, structured styles and metaphors.
Yeat's is a sensual poet – his use of words to create vivid images and sounds which can be appealling to the visual and aural senses but can also be challenging. In his idealistic poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”, we can see how his use of language gives us an idea of calm, peace and tranquility. He imagines a world to himself where he can be self-sufficient and alone:
“And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes cropping slow,... There midnight's all a glimmer, and moon a purple glow...”
Although, the challenging side of this poem is how we can see how he longs to get away from what is happening around him and in Irish society. The final two lines of the poem bring an unwilling flashback to Yeat's negative reality. It connects this poem to “Easter 1916” and “September 1913”in the sense of Yeat's wanting a normal Irish society of peace:
“While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.”
This makes the observation of nature seem much more challenging but insightful.
Yeats uses his poetry to commemorate Irish icons and admirable individuals...