Analysis of “No Second Troy” by William Butler Yeats Any analytical reading of the poem “No Second Troy” by William Butler Yeats reveals a commonality and consensus that the poet was besotted by a woman named Maude Gonne. This is the woman to whom Yeats is referring when he wrote this poem. It is set in the background of Ireland on the verge of revolution and Gonne was not just the object of Yeats’ desire, she was an activist of her time. It is reported that Yeats was in love with Gonne and that many of his poems were written with her as his inspiration (Brookshire). Yet “No Second Troy” is a rejection of his affections. He writes “Why should I blame her that she filled my days With misery” which speaks of affections that are one sided. He...The end:
..... however, he does not foresee his lady as being able to accomplish that which has taken up her time; there will, in the end, be “no second Troy.” Works Cited Brookshire, Sophia. “Analysis of William Butler Yeats’ Poem ‘No Second Troy.’” Associated Content. 2009. Web. 13 Dec. 2010 < HYPERLINK "http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2204765/analysis_of_william_butler_yea"http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2204765/analysis_of_william_butler _yeats_poem> Cutajar, Maureen. “Poetry Analysis: No Second Troy, by William Butler Yeats.” Helium. 2002-2010. Web. 13 Dec. 2010 <http://www.helium.com/items/1741580-no-second-troy-w-b-yeats> “No Second Troy.” eircom.net. Web. 2010. <http://www.homepage.eircom.net/~splash/NST.html>.