Violence and Violation: the Rape in Yeats’s “leda and the Swan”

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In that which is possibly his most famous sonnet, the Irish poet W. B. Yeats describes the scene and the consequences of the rape of Leda by Zeus, transformed into a swan. The violence of this approximation and the rape, as well as the images of the Trojan War, product of this fateful intercourse, becomes even more shocking due to some of the poem’s… (More)

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