The Stare's Nest by My Window
Wednesday 16 October 2013, 5 p.m. section
Here is my discussion plan:
- Recite poem
- Give background (Irish Civil War, Yeats + nature)
- Discussion questions:
- We already know that Yeats incorporates a huge amount of nature in his works. Why do you think he specifically chose bees to symbolize hope for the country?
- In the first stanza he says
The mother birds bring grubs and flies. It is the only other "nature" reference that Yeats uses — what does this symbolize and why?
- Do you think the tone of the poem is more disappointed in the humanity of his country or hopeful for what can come of the hardships?
- The structure of the poem goes from a more vague description of what is happening to a concrete image and understanding of Yeats' POV. Why do you think he does this?
- Now that we know what the meaning of the poem is about, what is the meaning of the title of the work? Why does Yeats refer to his window?
- The bees building a new home was a symbolism of hope. However, throughout the poem, Yeats continuously refers to a stare (another name for a starling, which is a bird). What does the stare symbolize in the poem?