It has been a while since I featured a poem by the great W.B Yeats from the top 100 Irish poems list. This week the poem comes in at number 98—a powerful sonnet composed by Yeats in 1923. A Sonnet is a poem of fourteen lines using a number of formal rhyme schemes.
The poem focuses on the story from the Greek myth in which Zeus, having adopted the form of a swan, ravishes the girl Leda and impregnates her with the child who will become Helen of Troy. It’s a big subject, and there’s a lot of literature and artwork on the web. It is also quite unusual for Yeats as he typically did not write sonnets. Enjoy this incredible Irish poem. Be sure to comment below with what you thought.