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An Irish Airman Foresees His Death Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
  1. Why did the speaker join the military, really? How do you know? 
  2. Is the speaker heroic in your opinion? Why or why not?
  3. What emotions do you find in this poem, if any? What words help to convey them?
  4. Why does Yeats mention the name of some obscure Irish barony two times?
  5. How does this poem stack up against the other war poems you've read?
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