Among School Children

Among School Children, talks about broken dreams of life, perfection that can be envisaged in art labours of love, creation and understanding and being. Yeats was a senior on the new Irish state when he wrote this and was a widely recognised poet and public figure who gained a lot of fame and respect. He was invited to do a school inspection hitch the poem is based around. The poem reaches into questions about old age and tragic and triumphant in human condition and art which is similar to ‘Sailing to Byzantium’. Yeats questions the point of life, education, growing up and love. He believes it all ends up in old age, tragedy and broken dreams.

He questions:
•Is life worth the trouble of being born.
•What does life mean.
•Great philosophies appearing to be ridiculous.
•Make of perfection of art and imagination.

Many times Yeats dwells on physical decay. The iron that whilst the body declines, the spirit and imagination along with passion remain alive and vital. Human pain sound vivid like an echo. Tension at work in the poem that Yeats imagination can bring tools past with such intensity yet he is stuck in a physical world that betrays his dreams and is acting a part in physical life. Imagination has all the intensity and vitality, real life leads to false dreams. Torn between comfortable pose outwardly and crying inwardly. Neither real life of imagination can be reconciled. Yeats envies and potties the children of growing up and becoming adults.

Tones:
•Resignation, bitterness and disillusion of betrayed hopes.
•Thinks of the harshness of life which is developed in verse three.
•The time of wry in writing, perhaps ironic.
•Taught in best modern way of its time, leaning is formed unlike tumultuous education if real life that awaits them and poet has had.
•The movement from children to single child (like Maude Gone) mediation on relationship between natural things and images.

Theme:
•Time, identify, platonic ideas of physical world.

Language:
•Resembling of Ladan body.
•Shocking image to bring up in a school.
•Lada association in Maude Gone.

Format:
•First person narrative.
•Conversational in tone.
•Sense of Yeats allowing the sensual music.
•Cannot isolate format and content as they blend together to aid meaning.

Structure:
•abababcc rhyme scheme.
•Roman numerals to add formality.

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