Yeats contrasts those images with the soft images of "her helpless breast upon his breast". In lines 5-8, Yeats shows the image of rape by the force that "her fingers" can't push the "feathered glory from her loosening thighs". In lines 9-14, again Yeats is giving the reader a graphic image of the rape, but also alluding to the fall of the Greeks and expressing the power of Gods over humanity... displayed 300 characters
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In lines 9-14, again Yeats is giving the reader a graphic image of the rape, but also alluding to the fall of the Greeks and expressing the power of Gods over humanity.
"Leda and the Swan" is valuable for its powerful and evocative language--which manages to imagine vividly such a eccentric phenomenon as a girl's rape by a massive swan... displayed next 300 characters
In the second part of the poem
Yeats gives us the second bird metaphor in the form of
"indignant desert birds." These creatures appear to
have been roosting on the Sphinx, but when the massive
beast began to move its "slow thighs" the birds became
agitated and took off...
Yeats contrasts those images with the soft images of "her helpless breast upon his breast". In lines 5-8, Yeats shows the image of rape by the force that "her fingers" can't push the "feathered glory from her loosening thighs"...
But where "The Second Coming" represents (in Yeats's conception) the end of modern history, "Leda and the Swan" represents something like its beginning; as Yeats understands it, the "history" of Leda is that, raped by the god Zeus in the form of a swan, she laid eggs, which hatched into Clytemnestra and Helen and the war-gods Castor and Polydeuces--and thereby brought about the Trojan War ("The broken wall, the burning roof and tower, / And Agamemnon dead")...
A second ellipsis, a missing "not help" between "rush" and "But," occurs in the latter part of the quatrain. Yeats continues the consonance of "b"--"body," "but," "beating," and "h"--"how," "her," "heart...
He then quickly states, "Delight men's eyes when I awake some day to find they have flown away?" realizing that you can not always count on anything, everything comes to an end eventually, even true love (29-30)...
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