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In Memory of W.B. Yeats

In Memory of W.B. Yeats


by W.H. Auden

In Memory of W.B. Yeats Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. How does Auden want Yeats to be remembered? What details in the poem give you this impression?
  2. How do the different forms of the three sections change the way you approach each one? (Want some ideas? Check out "Form and Meter.")
  3. What do you think makes the speaker the saddest – the loss of Yeats as a person or as a poet? How would you justify your answer?
  4. How would you explain the lines "poetry makes nothing happen"? Do you agree? Why or why not?

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