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Leda and the Swan

Leda and the Swan

by William Butler Yeats

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Quote #4

Did she put on his knowledge with his power
Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?(lines 13-14)

Did Leda transform herself by channeling Zeus's knowledge? If Leda were truly to be like a god, she would have to become immortal, but that doesn't happen. However, gaining the knowledge or insight of a god is another important kind of power. The ending of the poem raises many questions, such as whether Zeus himself knows that having sex with Leda will lead to the Trojan War. These questions are left unanswered.

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