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1

It's autumn

The trees are in their autumn beauty

2

Yeats describe the reflection in the water

Under the October twilight the water mirrors a still sky

3

Yeats counts the swans

nine-and-fifty swans

4

It's the 19th autumn since he first coutned the swans

The nineteenth autumn has come upon me since I first made my count;

5

The swans scatter with their loud wings

scatter wheeling in great broken rings upon their clamorous wings

6

It hurts Yeats to look at them

I have looked upon those brilliant creatures, and now my heart is sore

7

Everything has changed

All's changed

8

Their wings are powerful and noisy and the swans are still carefree

bell-beat of their wings above my head, trod with a lighter tread

9

The swans are still carefree and have lovers

Unwearied still, lover by lover

10

They have companionship

Companionable streams

11

Their hearts are still young

Their hearts have not grown old

12

They still have passion and adventure

Passion or conquest, wander where they will, attend upon them still

13

They are mysterious and beautiful

Mysterious, beautiful;

14

They have flown away one day to entertain someone else. (Perhaps yeats is worring about his creativity leaving him?)

Delight men's eyes when I awake some day to find they have flown away?

15

themes

ageing
death
permanence and change
creativity
loss of creativity
nature