Upon reading Tyler’s response I  tend to agree with his analysis of Yeats’ Leda and the Swan. The action in the poem is made clear in the vivid description of the rape of Leda. For example he writes, “a sudden blow: the great wings beating still/ Above the staggering girl.” However, Yeats is able to incorporate historic background in his poetry in order to render meaning. Keeping in mind his idea of the gyres, Yeats uses the story ofLeda’s rape to comment on modern society. He also ‘draws on opposites’ from this perspective . In using this method of writing, Yeats can make comments on society and  relate one meaning using the past as a tool for warning those of the future. When one period ends, another is simultaneously beginning.

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