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A Post-Colonial Look : Yeats And War Poems

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Zahra Esmailzadeh





Abstracts :- Yeats The Tower contains some of his best-known works. Even while its name suggests the poet's willed isolation, Yeats could not escape the radical changes that his country underwent in the 1920s. Written in 1928; the collection serves as a type of retrospective on Ireland's tumultuous decade, the two major events of which were the Anglo-Irish war (1919-1921) and the Irish Civil war (1922-1923). Of all Yeats' poetry "Meditation in Time of Civil War" is perhaps the most personal in its explanation of his protestant ascendancy past. Especially in the first section, the speaker seems ambivalent about his family history and his place in the civil war. "Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen" was originally titled "Thoughts Upon The Present State of World" and then Yeats changed it to Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen. The title of this poem is the year in which the Anglo-Irish war began. It signals the beginning of a new era after the Great War and marks the first year of that struggle. In both these poems, Yeats's position is to live in an in-between status. Two key elements in Bhabha's writing, when it comes to describing the colonial identities of both the colonized and the colonizer, are the concepts of ambivalence and hybridity. This study attempts to examine Bhabha's views on the relationship between the colonizer and the colonized to evince this relationship in Yeast's "Meditation in Time of Civil War" and "Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen".



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