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Broken Dreams Essay In the essay Broken Dreams by WB Yeats a strong connection to the themes and ideas of Romanticism are shown through the concern with the sublime. The idea of incoherent darkness is portrayed seamlessly in the description of the last stroke of midnight dying. The mysterious battle between the greatness of life and how time slipped too quickly from the beauty portrayed further gives insight to an underlying theme of finding escape from pressure. The repetition of the line “vague memories, nothing but memories” exemplifies the strong alienation the speaker now feels after his love has crossed over to the other side most anticipated. The emotions and freedom that bloom over intellectual growth tends to mention the after life but never directly. The consequences towards godliness and its connection to the brief future that lies ahead for his past love, are always vague. The author suggests that his love for the woman is more than just physical motivations. He still shows that he is devoted to her (and to the beauty that she beholds) to write a poem about her, even though her physical loveliness has diminished. The alliteration of the word pair “Burdensome beauty” shows that she does not lose her prominent beauty to him or her other admirers. Even as her beauty slowly subsides, and he makes sure to stretch every moment of it to emphasize there is still something about her, thus making time a burden on her beauty. The poem consists of five stanzas that vary in length to represent the unplanned and unexpected feelings that arise from such trauma. This tends to create a constantly shifting focus and gives a stream of consciousness yet clarity for himself must be discovered after beauty. The enjambment used throughout the poem confirms this shift of focus to allow a very fast paced nostalgia of memories. It is obvious in his recalling…...

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