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Unformatted text preview: Ariana Rowberry Ms. Mulligan English 102 11 November 2009 Leda and the Swan Upon a superficial reading, William Butler Yateatss Leda and the Swan may seem like a bizarre depiction of a powerful swan raping a helpless woman. However, upon deeper penetration Intentional pun? If not, distracting word choice. Implementation makes it sound mechanical as opposed to emotive. Of what kind? Say more about the use of anatomy and physicalitythe womans body is directly sexualized as it is being violated. In the trick of wordplay, we get both her breasts as well as her thigh in the previous line and her neck in the next. We get a sense of her complete bodily domination. For what purpose? Is it also implicating us an audience? Of what? Be specific. Good. Its actually a reference to the Greek myth of Leda being raped by the God Zeus appearing to her in the form of the swan. Is this the strange swans heart or Ledas? Is it both? What does the ambiguity accomplish? Foreshadowing. Helen is the child born of this illicit union in the Greek myth. Ariana, push a little further in your analysis. Do we as an audience identify with Leda? With the rapist swan? With both? What are the implications of these potential identifications. Also, what about larger allegorizations and gender stereotypes?is Yeats suggesting all women are helpless victims like Leda? Are all men brutal aggressors like the swan? Speculate about why he chooses this myth of violation and its larger implications. Also, I think those last lines are pretty controversial: did she put on his knowledge with his power to me almost suggests that Leda gains something by being raped by Zeus. What are the implications of such an outrageous claim? In the myth, Leda subsequently gives birth to Polydeuces and Helen (some versions have them hatching from eggs), cause of the fall of Troy. But is that really a gain? Is knowledge gained from trauma a boon or a burden? Or both? CM of the poem, it is clear that Yateats is using the swan and Leda as an allegorical representation for the brutal nature of mankind. Through vivid imagery, juxtaposition, the implementation evocation Intentional pun? If not, distracting word choice. Implementation makes it sound mechanical as opposed to emotive. Of what kind? Say more about the use of anatomy and physicalitythe womans body is directly sexualized as it is being violated. In the trick of wordplay, we get both her breasts as well as her thigh in the previous line and her neck in the next. We get a sense of her complete bodily domination. For what purpose? Is it also implicating us an audience? Of what? Be specific. Good. Its actually a reference to the Greek myth of Leda being raped by the God Zeus appearing to her in the form of the swan....
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