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Title: 'A Prayer For My Daughter' 'Sailing To Byzantium' and 'The Long-Legged Fly' Analysis of William Butler Yeats

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Date: October 21, 2002
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Here Yeats extols upon the virtues of courtesy; Love, as he suggests does not come with those who are ?entirely beautiful' but rather to those who can ?charm' with ?a glad kindness.' This informs the next stanza in which Yeats asks for his daughter to flourish but with a sense of reserve and self-awareness like a ?flourishing hidden tree,' to be merry but to again exercise this happiness in a gracious manner...

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The final image of this stanza ends with Yeats equating the purity of daughter to the Linnets, frail birds which have no business but to sing and will only chase or quarrel in good humour. In final stanza Yeats revels his own mistakes acknowledging that his life has been one where he has made errors in judgment in terms of love; he describes himself as ?dried up of late' whom once has been ?choked with hate...

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