Coding Easter 1916 by William Yeats


Hearts with one purpose alone
Through summer and winter seem
Enchanted to a stone
To trouble the living stream.
The horse that comes from the road
The rider, the birds that range
From cloud to tumbling cloud,
Minute by minute they change;
A shadow of cloud on the stream
Changes minute by minute;
A horse-hoof slides on the brim,
And a horse plashes within it;
The long-legged moor-hens dive,
And hens to moor-cocks call;
Minute by minute they live:
The stone’s in the midst of all.

Minute by minute - repetition
Nature -
Words that relate to nature
Motion/change - words that relate to motion and constant change
T - repetition of words that start with “t”
rhyme : ABAB

    Yeats focuses on people in the first two stanzas but he shifts
his focus to nature in the third stanza. The horse, birds, clouds, and the
stream all relate to nature and the constant motion of the life cycle. The idea
of nature is important because it shows that change is inevitable. The only
object that does not change is the stone, which represents many things,
including the people of Ireland. By saying that the stone will “trouble
the living stream, Yeats is saying that the revolutionaries will interrupt
the flow of life. The stone is also referring to the Stone of Destiny, meaning
the Irish revolutionaries are destined to fight for the freedom of their
country. 


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