Leda and the swan, sonnet by william butler yeats, composed in 1923, printed in the dial (june 1924), and published in the collection the cat and the moon and certain poems (1924) the poem is based on the greek mythological story of beautiful leda, who gave birth to helen and clytemnestra after she was raped by. Here the shift is obvious: the swan completes the sexual act a shudder in the lines means that either the bird or leda has had an orgasm the swan engenders new life inside leda that is, he makes her pregnant yeats once again assumes that his readers know the end of the myth: that leda becomes pregnant with the.
Once prince siegfried knows her story, he takes great pity and falls in love with her in the delius (song of summer) video, kb plays the swan (obviously) and pb plays the part of delius, upon the bank, wearing an 'apollonian sun yeats's leda and the swan - psycho-sexual therapy in action[/blue.
By the help of language and structure, yeats draws a well-known sexual picture without directly presenting the meaning of the poem leda and the swan is a sexually violent poem with clear diction, rhythmic tone, and allusion to greek myth about the world, the relation of human and divine, and the history.
A sonnet that combines greek mythology and world events, resulting in a powerful poem, a metaphor for the violence inherent in the cyclic nature of human history, as seen by the mystic yeats. Evokes a homeric conflagration of sex, politics, and violence that implicitly consumes the speaker: yeats as the betrayed menelaus a trail runs from 'no second troy' to 'leda and the swan' (1922), where the rape that begets helen symbolizes the violent forces that drive history to connect sex and violence at a less (p.