A Prayer For My Daughter by William Butler Yeats. more the storm is howling and half hid Under this cradlehood and coverlid My child sleeps. A Prayer for My Daughter was written in after the birth of his first child named Anne Butler Yeats. This date is quite significant because it was soon after the. "A Prayer for my Daughter" is a poem by William Butler Yeats written in and published in as part of Yeats' collection Michael Robartes and the Dancer  First published in‎: ‎


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Yeats- Once more the storm is howling, and half hid Under this cradle-hood and coverlid My child sleeps on.

There is no obstacle But Gregory's wood and one bare hill A prayer for my daughter yeats the haystack- and roof-levelling wind, Bred on the Atlantic, can be stayed; And for an hour I have walked and prayed Because of the great gloom that is in my mind.

I have walked and prayed for this young child an hour And heard the sea-wind scream upon the tower, And under the arches of the bridge, and scream In the elms above the flooded stream; Imagining in excited reverie That the future years had come, Dancing to a frenzied drum, Out of the murderous innocence of the sea.

May she be granted beauty and yet a prayer for my daughter yeats Beauty to make a stranger's eye distraught, Or hers before a looking-glass, for such, Being made beautiful overmuch, Consider beauty a sufficient end, Lose natural kindness and maybe The heart-revealing intimacy That chooses right, and never find a friend.

Yeats wants his daughter to possess some qualities so that she can face the future years independently and with confidence. Those whose beauty is capable of making them proud consider beauty an end in itself.


The result is that pride leads to their losing natural kindness in some cases of that heart, revealing intimacy which helps them to make the right choice in life.

Being able to make the right choices in life is a very important thing, but those who have excessive beauty are unable to do so and never find a good friend in the true sense of the world.

At last he comes in and looks at his infant daughter and beings to talk to her, giving her blessings and making many wishes for her. He makes wishes for his daughter that she a prayer for my daughter yeats hate those qualities that define Maud Gonne, a woman he loved but could not get her a prayer for my daughter yeats.

A Prayer For My Daughter Poem by William Butler Yeats - Poem Hunter Comments

He sees the rays of hope for her daughter in this poem stating a prayer for my daughter yeats returning to tradition and ceremony is the only way to avoid the anarchy of the western world.

Many of the rhyme pairs use slant rhyme. The stanza may be seen as a variation on ottava rimaan eight-lined stanza used in other Yeats poems, such as Among School Children and Sailing to Byzantium.

Metrical analysis of the poem, a prayer for my daughter yeats to Robert Einarsson, proves difficult because he believes Yeats adheres to "rhythmical motifs" rather than traditional use of syllables in his meter.

In stanza two, Einarsson points out instances where the meter of the poem contains examples of amphibrachicpyrrhicreticand spondaic feet.