ISSN : (Online)
DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.14354/yjk.1995.5.1
Some Characteristics of W. B. Yeats’s Early Romantic Poetry*
The dominant notes of Yeats’s early romantic poetry are tingedwith deep sorrow or pathos for the changes of the human world,elapsing of time, ungraspable and fading love, growing old, andcoming death. Romantic ideologist as he was, he would stay inthe pure ideological dimension where all would vanish out ofhuman grasp. His seeking for the supernatural mythic worldwithout conflict reflected another aspect of his escapism whichwas to end in vain. As a matter of course, his early poetry is arecord of spiritual growth of an agonizing romantic escapist.
On the other hand, Yeats succeeded in generalizing orobjectifying his lyrics by adopting various symbols from theancient Irish myths and legends. Besides, his early poetrycontains many symbols, images, themes, and rhythms from whichthose of his later seasoned poems were to develop.