Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Comparing Mood and Atmosphere of The Pity of Love, Broken Dreams, and T
Mood and Atmosphere of The Pity of Love, Broken Dreams, and The Fisherman   The Pity of Love is a short, relatively simple poem, yet it still manages to create a feeling of anxiousness, of desperate worry. Yeats achieves this in only eight cable television services of average length by extremely careful and precise use of language and structure. The poem begins with the line A pity beyond all telling, immediately setting the general tone and basic point of the piece, elevating his despair to its highest levels and plunging the poem into the depths of depression and misery before it has barely begun, Yeats is already admitting defeat, after a fashion, claiming that this pity is so terrible he is unable to properly describe it.   The folk who are purchase and selling, The clouds on their journey above, The cold wet winds ever blowing, And the shadowy hazel grove Where mouse-grey waters are flowing,   These pastoral images are all part of an quotidian rural life, someth ing for which Yeats always strived. However, unlike his usual praising of these elements of life, this time he presents them in a distinctly downbeat way, emphasising the negative aspects, and becoming darker and darker in tone with every successive example - the wind is cold and wet the clouds are assumed to be storm clouds from the juxtaposition of the verbal description of the wind straight after the description of the clouds the hazel grove is shadowy and the water is mouse-grey. These are all very washed-out, colourless, cold adjectives that refect the depressed nature of the narrator. The image of somewhat frantic movement conveyed by the use of the words buying and selling, journey above, ever blowing and ?owing represent the inner ... ...anza helps to contribute to the unplanned feeling, and the constantly shifting reduce gives an almost stream-of-consciousness feel to the proceedings. As indicated by the title, this is a sombre poem, due to its subject matter, but it is n ot a bitter poem in fact, in places, it is very romantic, particularly the third stanza   The certainty that I shall see that lady Leaning or standing or walking In the first equity of womanhood, And with the fervour of my youthful eyes, Has set me muttering like a fool.   It is as if Yeats has finally accepted Gonnes rejection and is no longer tormented by it. He is a good deal more at peace writing Broken Dreams than with his other Maud Gonne poems. Whilst he still finds his life understandably sad, he no longer expects her to change her sagacity and, accordingly, he does not write a depressingly bitter poem.