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date: 22 November 2019

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This chapter studies ‘Easter, 1916’, W.B. Yeats's First World War poem. It is this poem where Yeats narrates the events of the Easter Rising, and immortalizes the rebels as agents of change, not as abstract heroes. The chapter shows how Yeats presented his characters, discussing the importance of numerology and the poem's formal structure, and takes note of the mythology present in the poem, describing it as a remembrance of a controversial revolutionary event. It also states that Yeats' poem takes into consideration the inevitable ironies which are produced by even the most ‘tragic’ events, thus making it a relevant representative of its genre.

Keywords: W.B. Yeats, First World War, Easter Rising, numerology, formal structure, mythology, revolutionary event, irony, tragic events

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