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  • POEM: Love's Loneliness by William Butler Yeats (9/6/2009 6:53:00 AM)

    I may be completely wrong, but I took a sexual reading of this poem. The title 'love's loneliness' perhaps alludes to sexual neglect or routine. Just looking at the first couplet, there is the imperative line 'rise' (old fathers, great-grandfathers) , this could be, taken on a literal level, to have an erection. Im not positive, but i think when yeats was writing there was most likely no available contraception, thus we have the line 'heaven PROTECT us.'

    in the second stanza, we have natural symbols such as 'the mountain throws a shadow' and 'thin is the moon's horn.' The mountain could represent nature's course, and it could be 'throw(ing) a shadow' upon our rationality when sexual desire intervenes. The moon's horn, which i think is the horn-like shape that appears on the surface, could again be a metaphor for the male genetalia, (it is 'thin' in comparison to the impact and consequences it bears, i.e birth, adultery, relationships, etc.) Comparing it to the moon also creates a majestical feel to the poem, as the moon is an awe inspiring planet that will always be there (not unlike the notion of sexuality) . I was even thinking the mountain could represent women, blinding our senses with our moon horn's ;)

    The poem seems to end on an anti-climax, 'hearts are torn' which again is reminiscient of sex. 'Dread following longing' could be the anti-climatic stage of sex. when the narrator asks 'what did we remember under the ragged thorn? ' he seems to be questioning our religious intergrity; the ragged thorn representing Christ. Perhaps he is saying that in a moment of lusful desire, we forget 'heaven' and Christ, and succumb to our biological positions on earth i.e to reproduce.

    it is such an ambiguous and thought-provoking poem that it can invite so many different readings, but this was just my one.

  • POEM: Love's Loneliness by William Butler Yeats (1/15/2009 6:25:00 AM)

    not always though