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easter-1916-william-butler-yeats_v2Narrator, Stanza 1, Line 16terrible beauty is born.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Irish Times, New York TimesCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Terrible BeautyRefers to the Irish nationalism that came from deathStoneRepresents the unwavering beliefs of the Irish nationalistsGreenSymbolizes Irish culture and nationalismSymbolsPassionate socialist; led the Irish Citizen Army Volunteers during the uprisingJames ConnollySchool headmaster; led the Irish Republican Brotherhood Volunteers in the uprisingPatrick PearsePoet, teacher, and one of the signers of the Easter proclamation of Irish independenceThomas MacDonaghIrish nationalist, Second Boer War veteran, and leader in the Irish Republican BrotherhoodJohn MacBrideMain CharactersOne of the most important literary figures of the 20th century, Yeats used his poetry to affirm his proud Irish nationalism, often mythologizing Irish subjects in his work. In “Easter, 1916” Yeats examines the violent Easter Rising against the English, struggling to understand its effects on Irish history.WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS1865–1939AuthorThe rebels’ deaths resurrected Irish nationalism, giving the country new life.ResurrectionThe rebels secured their place in Irish history, and Yeats immortalizes them.ImmortalityYeats questions the rebelssacrifice and wonders what it will accomplish.AmbivalenceYeats struggles to come to terms with the terrible losses suffered after the Easter Rising of 1916, when Irish rebels fought the English army in an attempt to secure Irelands freedom. He asks whether the deaths were necessary and how the uprising will unite Ireland against occupation.Weighingthe Costsof FreedomTHEMESEnglishOriginal Language1920Year PublishedWilliam Butler YeatsAuthorEaster, 1916War LiteraturePoetry

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