Leda and the Swan
In the poem "Leda and the Swan," by William Butler Yeats, we are introduced to
the rape of a mortal girl by an all-powerful god, Zeus.Yeats' sonnet is irregular and has
ambiguities.In this sonnet we are informed of the event which is partly responsible for
the Trojan War and the assassination of Agamemnon.It also has obvious allusions to
Yeats' sonnet was written irregularly and reflected tensions unlike the ones in
traditional and classic sonnets.The sonnets are poems about love; however, "Leda and
the Swan" contains an impassionate and quick rape.Zeus, disguised as a giant Swan,
swoops down on an innocent mortal girl, Leda.There are no traces of love in this sonnet;
during the event, Leda is being described as staggering and helpless.Also, Yeats' sonnet
is disfigured in the fourth stanza.Instead of consisting out of four lines, there is a gap in
the middle of the stanza and another broken line is inserted there.Apparently that line
impacts not only the structure of that stanza but also it disrupts the rhyme scheme of a
The rape of Leda is being described in this poem.After Zeus swooped upon
Leda, such action had disastrous consequences.Leda gave birth to Helen and
Clytemnestra.Helen, blessed with excelled beauty, ignited the Trojan War.The Trojan
War lasted for ten years in the result of which the Troy was sacked and thousands of
warriors had lost their lives, someone of them were the famous heroes like Achilles.
Clytemnestra was a wife to Agamemnon, the only name mentioned in this sonnet.
Agamemnon was the high king who was set upon destroying Troy and succeeded in doing so.However, when Agamemnon arrived home, after ten years of war,
Clytemnestra and her lover, Aegisthus

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