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Unformatted text preview: poem addresses the third element of an elegy, it acknowledges Yeats virtues, beginning with a nostalgia-loaded phrase, You were silly like us. The last part of Audens elegy seeks consolation. It begins with a plea to the Earth, to receive an honoured guest. The word honoured suggests a shift in the speakers attitude from melancholy and solemnly pensive to accepting and conclusive. The final three stanzas of the poem offer a sense of closure. The speaker implores Yeats to still persuade [them] to rejoice with [his] unconstraining voice, implyig that the loss of Yeats physical presence shall not impede the powerful effect he has made through his poetry....
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This note was uploaded on 09/22/2008 for the course LIT AP LIT taught by Professor Hay during the Fall '07 term at Marymount.
- Fall '07
- English Literature