Treasure Island

William Butler Yeats

(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

Leda And The Swan


A SUDDEN blow: the great wings beating still
Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed
By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill,
He holds her helpless breast upon his breast.
How can those terrified vague fingers push
The feathered glory from her loosening thighs?
And how can body, laid in that white rush,
But feel the strange heart beating where it lies?
A shudder in the loins engenders there
The broken wall, the burning roof and tower
And Agamemnon dead.
Being so caught up,
So mastered by the brute blood of the air,
Did she put on his knowledge with his power
Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
1 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: girl, power, dark, heart

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Leda And The Swan by William Butler Yeats )

Enter the verification code :

  • Andrew Hoellering (12/26/2009 6:00:00 AM)

    ‘A sudden blow’ indicates that this is a rape but what follows the apt choice of ‘caressed’ is a superbly ambiguous form of lovemaking.
    ‘The feathery glory from her loosening thighs’ and ‘the strange heart beating where it lies’ are superb examples of the power of art to transmute the imaginary into the real, as is the entire poem.
    I trust this poem has been translated, not just into Persian, but into EVERY language! (Report) Reply

  • Rosa Jamali (12/23/2008 4:26:00 PM)

    The extraordinary image of myth. The poem should be studied as a turning point in putting myths into words through the connotations and descriptions which is rare in the history of poetry.
    Thanks to Yeats who is a master of use of myths in poetry...
    And I've translated the poem into Persian, ..
    http: //www.rosajamali.com/article.aspx? id=58 (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe

New Poems

  1. He Takes To Not Wine, But Wine Keeps Him.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  2. A Cigarette Smoker's World, Bijay Kant Dubey
  3. Solace, Cynthia BuhainBaello
  4. The Battles I Win, Cynthia BuhainBaello
  5. Life is No Playground, Cynthia BuhainBaello
  6. Down The Peace Road (Kyrielle), Cynthia BuhainBaello
  7. With Poetry And My Sewing (Kyrielle Poem), Cynthia BuhainBaello
  8. my friend my foundation, Emmanuel chibuike
  9. A Woman, Bijay Kant Dubey
  10. I'm Glad That Miracle is You (Kyrielle P.., Cynthia BuhainBaello

Poem of the Day

poet John Gay

Friendship, as love, is but a name,
Save in a concentrated flame;
And thus, in friendships, who depend
On more than one, find not one friend.

A hare who, in a civil way,
...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]