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My third graders learn and recite this poem, “Jabberwocky” and, First and Second Fig!!! (Among many others…..) Now 11 years ago, I would never have thought they would be interested in poems such as these, but they learn them easily (as a group) and recite them happily. My hope is to inspire a love of language and words and poetry from a young age. We live on a lovely Finger Lake in upstate NY, so we connect to Yeats. And of course the bravehearts relish their vorpal swords and hero status! as they vanquish the Jabberwock.! Thank you for your creative interviews. I can’t wait to share them with my students…..who may or may not understand it all, but……they will benefit from your work. I agree with Ed btw!!!
Yeats was deeply involved in politics in Ireland, and in the twenties, despite Irish independence from England, his verse reflected a pessimism about the political situation in his country and the rest of Europe, paralleling the increasing conservativism of his American counterparts in London, T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound . His work after 1910 was strongly influenced by Pound, becoming more modern in its concision and imagery, but Yeats never abandoned his strict adherence to traditional verse forms. He had a life-long interest in mysticism and the occult, which was off-putting to some readers, but he remained uninhibited in advancing his idiosyncratic philosophy, and his poetry continued to grow stronger as he grew older. Appointed a senator of the Irish Free State in 1922, he is remembered as an important cultural leader, as a major playwright (he was one of the founders of the famous Abbey Theatre in Dublin), and as one of the very greatest poets—in any language—of the century. W. B. Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1923 and died in 1939 at the age of seventy-three.