| Quote #4
And how can body, laid in that white rush,
Leda never gains a clear view of the swan. She sees only a "white rush" of feathers. These lines may imply that Leda's resistance to the swan is weakening. She may now find him to be an object of fascination.
| Quote #5
The broken wall, the burning roof and tower
Leda's pregnancy fits into a pattern for the fate of world history. Ironically, she never has less free will than in the question of whether to become an important figure in history.
| Quote #6
Being so caught up,
The final lines of the poem crystallize Leda's situation: she is "mastered" by the fateful powers of the universe, but she has the opportunity to demonstrate her free will by acquiring knowledge of her role in history. The poem leaves open the question of whether she does.