Leda and the Swan is a poem that describes the myth of Ledaís rape by Zeus in the form of a swan. The poem humanizes Leda by showing her terror and helplessness in the face of Zeusís brute force; dark, sensory imagery provides an immediacy to the poem and allows the reader to picture the haughty indifference of the gods. This poem contains themes of divinity, power, and romanticism versus modernism.

Summary of Leda and the Swan by William Butler Yeats

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