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What does the Historical Biographical school of thought say in relation to Yeats' poetry?

First, it is necessary to understand what we mean through the Historical Biographical point of view. As the name suggests, these critics look at the effect of the historical context on the text. This being said, the next step is to acquire an understanding of Yeats' life and time. Let's take as an example Maud Gonne, the poet's long time obsession (he proposed to her and was rejected several times). How is she present in his work?

Could we argue that she is the heroine of 'No Second Troy'? Let's look at the evidence (it is essential to back up assertions with quotes). 'Beauty like a tightened bow' - this is an oxymoron, meaning that it is counterintuitive to associate beauty with a weapon. However, Maud's looks harmed the poet as he desired what he could not have and suffered as a result. This explains the association with dangerous, threatening weapons which cause nothing but pain. In conclusion, this is a direct influence of Yeats' real life experience on his work.

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