An Analysis of the Thematic and Symbolic Use of Youthful Escapism from Parental Authority in Three Poems by Yeats, Randall, and Soto This poetic study will analyze the thematic use of youthful escapism in parental relationships found in "Ballad of Birmingham" Dudley Randall, "Sailing to Byzantium" by William Butler Yeats, and "Saturday at the Canal" by Gary Soto. By analyzing some of the symbolisms of old age and youth in these poems, the authors of these poems reflect the rejection of parental authority in a social structure. Yeats defines the desire of an old man to escape his body for the youth of soul, just as Randall desire to escape his mother’s authority to march in the streets of Birmingham. Also, the Soto’s youthful desire to...The end:
..... in the Civil Rights Protests occurring Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960s. By also understanding how Yeats defines the spiritual escape from his aging body, the desire for youthfulness and freedom abides in the quest for the soul in Byzantium. By analyzing these thematic response to youthful escapism from parental authority, Yeats, Soto, and Randall symbolically represent these features in these three classic poems. Works Cited: Kirszner, Laurie G. and Stephen R. Mandell. Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing, 7th Edition. New York: Wadsworth Publishing, 2009. (Customer: I couldn’t find access to the book, but I easily found the poems online. Simply add the page citation from your text…I cited the specific lines from the poems in the text).