NCERT Solutions for Class 12 English Kaliedoscope Poetry Chapter 6 The Wild Swans at Coole
Q1. What is the Theme of the Poem The Wild Swan at Coole?
Ans. In The Wild Swans at Coole, Yeats reconnoitres the theme of the fragility of human life via symbolism. The speaker becomes conscious of his ageing when he watches and compares his life with that of swans of Coole Park. While the swans seem to not vary much, the speaker admits of being changed in every way.
He has grown old and weak, and fears that at some point the swans will leave him too. Yeats conveys a sense of deep sadness by portraying emotions through narration. He also uses juxtaposition to the sweetness of the Lake and therefore the swans. Poet also explores the thought of ageing by expressing his stagnant routine of nineteen years.
Q2. What Symbolism Does the Poet Use for Swans?
Ans. The swans are essential characters in the poem that represent mythical status, grace, beauty and energy. Swans at Coole park remain unchanged even after nineteen years, while the poet has grown old and fragile.
Yeats portrays these swans as a symbol of divinity that remains unmoved and immune to isolation and pain. Readers can also find a reference to Greek Mythology where swans symbolize Zeus, the creator of western knowledge and Greek civilisation, thereby indicating perfection.
Q3. What According to W.B Yeats are the Qualities of the Swans at Coole Park?
Ans. In the poem, eternity is represented through swans who spend their lives in sharing love, unaware of the passage of time. This quality is lacking in the poet which the readers discover through the narration.
The swans' love for each other and their passion and dreams remain eternal. Even after the speaker’s death, the swans would continue living their lives unbothered. This touches upon the poem’s central theme that some things in the world can transcend time, escaping the forces of destiny. These objects become a memorandum of eternity and beauty.