| Quote #1
I sought a theme and sought for it in vain,
Yup, he's on a quest all right. Can you remember the last time you tried and failed to do something for six weeks straight? That's some serious dedication. He must be insanely frustrated.
| Quote #2
My circus animals were all on show,
Yeats had a large cast of characters in his early works. From mythological figures to "woman" of all kinds and forms. And by the time he writes this particular poem, they've started to seem a little… freakish, like his own personal circus sideshow.
| Quote #3
And this brought forth a dream and soon enough
At this point, our speaker seems to be tossed around by his imaginary characters instead of controlling them himself. It's like having the robots come to life: once they're up and moving, it's hard to predict or control what they'll do. Yikes.