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.
- How does Auden want Yeats to be remembered? What details in the poem give you this impression?
- How do the different forms of the three sections change the way you approach each one? (Want some ideas? Check out "Form and Meter.")
- 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?
- How would you explain the lines "poetry makes nothing happen"? Do you agree? Why or why not?
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