Group Five presents: William Butler Yeats' "The Circus Animals' Desertion." Yeats welcomes you to his memories.


"I sought a theme and sought for it in vain..." (Yeats 1).

And so Group Five (Cara, Patrick and Jeb) began the search for the meaning of what they were quite sure was an intensly meaningful and rich poetic creation by the great W.B. Yeats. To discover what they uncovered, select a section from the left, and begin your journey.

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Read the Poem

Section One

Section Two

Section Three

Poetic Structure

Meet The Group

Yeats' Life

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