The Song of Wandering Aengus
Wednesday 9 October 2013, 5 p.m. section
Plan: recite the entire poem, then give a short explanation of the Irish Myth about Aengus so the class has that background for understanding the similarities in the poem (especially since Yeats was very interested in Irish folklore and mythology), discussion questions/points of discussion will be on the board to prompt discussion.
(I will only write the questions, the bullet points are for me)
something burning in my head;
I will find out where she has gone.
blow the fire a-flameis when she actually transforms and then fades away
it had become a glimmering girl.
it had become a glimmering girl/with apple blossom in her hair.
Aengu or Aengus Og = god of youth/beauty/love
The story goes that Aengus falls in love with a young girl called Caer. He had only seen her in his dreams, but still becomes lovesick for her and determined to find her. After years of searching, he finally found her. However, Caer spent each year alternately as a swan or as a human girl. When Aengus found her, she was a swan amongst about 150 other women transformed into swans and he had to pick her out of the crowd in order to be allowed to wed her. He successfully picks his true love and then plunged into the water beside her and he too turned into a swan. Together they sang the most beautiful songs that put all who heard to sleep. After a year, Caer and Aengus turned from swans back to their original form.