Leda and the Swan
by William Butler Yeats
Leda and the Swan The Supernatural Quotes
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A sudden blow: (line 1)
The shock of the swan's attack on Leda represents the shock of sudden contact with another kind of reality. The heavy beats at the beginning of the poem fall like a lead weight. The "blow" explains Leda's disorientation throughout the poem.
The feathered glory from her loosening thighs? (line 6)
The word "glory" marks one of the first references to the swan's godlike nature. The poem makes clear that for Leda to resist would be futile. She is up against a force beyond her powers.