Companion to British and American Poetry

Among School Children by William Butler Yeats: Critical Appreciation

Among School Children which was inspired by the poet’s visit to a convent school, possess the problem of aging and sets forth his philosophy of organic wholeness and unity of existence. When the poet as a senator visits the school, he looks at the ...More

Among School Children by William Butler Yeats: Introduction

The poem Among School Children was written in 1926 by WB Yeats after he visited to a convent school. After the restoration of independence in Ireland, WB Yeats became the Senator in parliament. As a public man, he visited schools so as to find the qu ...More


A Prayer for My Daughter by William Butler Yeats: Critical Appreciation

A Prayer for My Daughter exposes the typical modernist sentiment of the poet. The poet has portrayed a way of life and would like his daughter to adopt it. The kind of philosophy, he formulates in the poem is oriented towards an emphasis on the impor ...More

A Prayer for My Daughter by William Butler Yeats: Introduction

A Prayer for My Daughter was written in 1919 after the birth of his first child named Anne Butler Yeats. This date is quite significant because it was soon after the First World War. Naturally, W.B. Yeats was troubled and horrified about the postwar ...More


Byzantium by William Butler Yeats: Critical Appreciation

The poem was written in 1930 after a lapse of about four years from the date of his writing the poem entitled Sailing to Byzantium. Byzantium is apparently a sequel to the Sailing to Byzantium. In the interval between 'Sailing to Byzantium' and the p ...More

Byzantium by William Butler Yeats: Introduction

Yeats wrote the poem "Byzantium" after "Sailing to Byzantium", apparently dissatisfied (it is said someone pointed out its drawbacks) by the former poem: The first poem's title includes "sailing to" but the poet presents himself as already (and easil ...More


The Theme of Immortality in Yeats's Byzantium Poems

The theme of immortality in Yeats's Byzantium poems is explored in the pair poems, "Byzantium" and "Sailing to Byzantium." Both these 'poems seem to express a desire to escape from the decay and tedium of cyclical nature. On a wholly spiritual level, ...More

Sailing to Byzantium by William Butler Yeats: Critical Appreciation

Yeats’s picture of old age is expressed beautifully in “Sailing to Byzanytium.” In the first stanza, Yeats speaks of a place that is “no country for old men.” In this country, the young, along with “fish, flesh, or fowl” engage in the p ...More


Sailing to Byzantium by William Butler Yeats: Introduction

The title “Sailing to Byzantium” suggests an escape to a distant, imaginary land where the speaker achieves mystical union with beautiful, eternal works of art. Byzantium is the old name of Constantinople or Istanbul, which was the capital of the ...More

Hawk Roosting by Ted Hughes: Summary and Critical Analysis

Ted Hughes' poem 'Hawk Roosting' on its literal level of meaning is an expression of a bird of prey, the hawk, which is sitting on a tree and meditating about its power of destruction, its ability to suppress change, and its conceited arrogance and s ...More


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