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William Buttler Yeats is one of the most outstanding poets of his epoch.

His works are well-known worldwide and nowadays they still remain very
popular. To a significant extent, the popularity of his works is determined by
the importance of themes the poet raised in his poems. At the same time,
one of the remarkable features of his works, the authors peculiarity, was
the attempt of W.B. Yeats to find the balance, a kind of harmony to make the
world and humans live in a better, balanced world. In fact, the acts of
balance may be traced in a variety of his works.
At the same time, it is necessary to understand what Yeats actually implies
by the act of balancing. On analyzing his poem The Irish airman forsees his
death, the poet attempts to balance the act of living itself. To put it more
precisely, his famous words with balance with this life, this death (Yeats)
perfectly illustrate that the author implies the existence of certain balance
between the life of an individual, his acts and deeds and his death, which
may be viewed as a kind of reward or outcome of the entire life. On the
other hand, this poem also reveals the poets unwillingness to focus on the
past or future life, instead he focuses on the present moment. In this
respect, it should be said that some specialists (Norman, 537) argue that
Yeats attempts to say that it is a waste of time and energy to live in the
past, as well as to live always for what might be.
In fact, balancing acts may be traced in other poems by Yeats. For instance,
it is possible to refer to his lyric poetry, among which it is possible to single
out the poem He bids his beloved be at peace. Basically, this poem is
focused on the sentiments and emotions of a man who is actually losing his
beloved and he wants to balance his life with hers, to deceive the death and
unite his soul with that of his beloved. The general mood of the poem is
rather dull and a bit depressing. The poet successfully creates the
impression of the upcoming disaster:
The Horses of Disaster plunge in the heavy clay
(Yeats, He bids his beloved be at peace)
In fact, the narrator is conscious of the fact that he is losing his beloved and
the poet vividly depicts the pass away of this woman:
The North unfolds above them, clinging, creeping night,
The East her hidden joy before the morning break,
The West weeps in a pale dew and sighs passing away
(Yeats, He bids his beloved be at peace)
Nevertheless, the author manages to create a new strong feeling of the
balance when the narrator appeals to his beloved:
Beloved, let your eyes half close, and your heart beat
Over my heart, and your hair fall over my breast
(Yeats, He bids his beloved be at peace)
In such a way, the narrator is ready to join his beloved and, in this act of
unification, he hopes to balance his own life and the life of his beloved since,

as he believes, this will bring the desirable peace and rest to his beloved:
Drowning loves lonely hour in deep twilight of rest
(Yeats, He bids his beloved be at peace)
In fact, this means that it is only when the beloved shares her sufferings
with his beloved, probably in the last moment of her life, she will find the
rest. At the same time, it is necessary to underline that such a devotedness
and readiness of the narrator to join his beloved creates the balance which
is essential for the calmness and peace of his beloved. Consequently,
through the act of balancing of two loving hearts, two loving souls, the
author shows the way to the peace and rest that both of them will find, the
way to balance.
Another poem Peace also refers to the theme of balance. In this poem,
W.B. Yeats speaks about the overwhelming power of time and peace it
brings. In fact, time and peace bring the balance in human life and
destroying practically all contradictions, problems, and obstacles on the way
to harmony. At the same time, such a harmony or balance is, as a rule,
brought late in human life along with the death which time makes gradually
closer to every human being. Nevertheless, such a balance may be really
striking to the turbulent and contradictive nature of the character Yeats
depicts in his poem:
Were not all her life but storm,
Would not painters paint a form
Of such noble lines,
I said, Such a delicate high head,
All that sternness amid charm,
All that sweetness among strength? (Yeats, Peace)
Obviously, the main character finds certain internal balance somehow since
her sternness does not prevent her from being charming, while her
sweetness is accompanied by strength, which is often viewed as the
opposite of sweetness traditionally associated with weakness and spiritual
softness. Finally, the poet concludes that
Ah, but peace that comes at length,
Came when
Time had touched her form
(Yeats, Peace).
In such a way, the peace brought by Time is viewed as the result, the end
point of human life and it is important that there was a balance when even
such contradictory characteristics as the poet depicts in his poem are
Basically, it is possible to estimate that W.B. Yeats views the entire human
life as a search of the balance which ultimate goal is the rest, or peace,
people find at the end of the earthly life. To put it more precisely, the poet
basically admits that it is hardly possible to find an ideal balance during the

lifetime of an individual, but at the same time, he argues that extremity

when there is no balance in the internal world of an individual or when the
relationship of a couple or people at large are misbalanced, it does not
contribute to a happy life but, instead, it may cause additional sufferings
and create serious obstacles on the way to the personal happiness. Instead,
the poet underlines in many of his poems, including the two discussed
above, that the human life would be much better if there was some balance
and people should strive for the balance in their life and relationships in
order to live in harmony. He insists that only balance will make them really
united as beloved in his poem He bid his beloved be at peace, and, what is
more, it is the balance that makes the opposite qualities such as sweetness
and strength, sternness and charm be combined in one personality, making
it almost perfect.
Thus, taking into account all above mentioned, it is possible to conclude that
W.B. Yeats paid a lot of attention to the problem of balance since he viewed
balance acts as an essential part of human life. He agreed that often human
life is very contradictive and it is difficult to find the balance that brings
peace to human soul, but, nevertheless it is necessary to make efforts to
find the balance. Otherwise, human life would be much more complicated
without harmony and happiness that the balance brings.