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The Circus Animals' Desertion
The Circus Animals' Desertion
by William Butler Yeats


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You may get sucked in by the easy rhyme and magical language of Yeats's poem, but that doesn't mean his references to other poetic works and Irish myth won't throw you for a bit of a loop. Don't worry, though – as long as you remember that Section II is pretty much a journey through the poet's former cast of characters, you'll be able to keep your feet on solid ground. And Shmoop is here to help.

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