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A First Confession
by
William Yeats (1865-1939) First Stanza Conclusion The poem As the title suggests, the author makes a confession.


His excessive coquetry brings him to fake sufferance and bring attention on him.

He cannot stay away from this vice
Theme: Even if willing the truth in first stance, the human nature will always go through a conflict between virtue and vice-vice that is more likely to be prevalent. William Yeats (1865-1939)

Born from a painter in Ireland
Involved with the Celtic Revival, a movement against the cultural influences of English rule in Ireland
Deeply involved in politics (appointed a senator of the Irish Free State in 1922)
Founder of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1923. the author starts the poem using first person: author, narrating voice and protagonist are the same person

Point of view is crucial for the poem and its meaning

Guilty tone: Yeats is confessing his flaw I admit the briar A
Entangled in my hair A
Did not injure me; B
My blenching and trembling, C
Nothing but dissembling, C
Nothing but coquetry. B Second Stanza I long for truth, and yet A
I cannot stay from that A
My better self disowns, B
For a man's attention C
Brings such satisfaction C
To the craving in my bones. B Juxtaposition in the first three lines
Significant tone shift: from penitent to to eager

Metaphor in the last line ("craving in my bones")
Shows the depth and the strength of his desire Third Stanza Brightness that I pull back A
From the Zodiac, A
Why those questioning eyes B
That are fixed upon me? C
What can they do but shun me C
If empty night replies? B Metaphor in the third line (questioning eyes.): the stars as living beings

Apostrophe to the stars: Yeats wants them to stare at him

The tone is the opposite of the one in first stanza:
from penitent to desiring everything's attention Paradox I long for truth, and yet
I cannot stay from that
My better self disowns, Conflict between two elements of a phrase that seems to make no sense Function #1 creates a shift in the poem to underline the bad side of the character Function #2 reflects the conflict inside the person:
as the lines do, the two sides of the man contrast one another Function #3 shift in tone Yeats conveys this through paradox that reflects the struggle in the character Structure Rhyming scheme AABCCB

3 sextuplets Topics
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