My Grandfather by W. B. Yeats - BA Modern English Essays

My Grandfather by W. B. Yeats - BA Modern English Essays
My Grandfather by W. B. Yeats
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Q. Why was Yeats afraid or his grandfather?
Ans. Yeats Says in this extract that his childhood was very miserable. Some of his misery was caused by his fear of his grandfather, William Pollexfen.
His grandfather was not an unkind man. He had great physical strength and a violent temper, but he never rebuked or punished Yeats. Still, Yeats was afraid of him. One reason for his fear was that everyone in the family feared and respected the old man.
Another reason was Yeats' own imagination. He believed that he was a very wicked child- This childish belief increased his misery. He felt so miserable that once he prayed for death. Then he imagined that he was dying, and became afraid; and prayed for life. He was always afraid that God would punish him for his wickedness. His imagination saw his grandfather as God, and thus the fear of God was changed into the fear of his grandfather.
Yeats realized as he grew up, that his miseries were the result of his own mind, and no one else was responsible for them.
Q. What does Yeats remember about his grandmother?
Ans. Yeats' grandmother was a very gentle, patient and kindhearted woman. She looked after her family with affection. She went around the house every night to see that the doors were locked and there was no burglar hidden anywhere.
She cared for others and did many deeds of charity. She loved her garden and liked to paint pictures of her favourite flowers. Yeats could not appreciate her work in his childhood. When he saw some of her paintings in later years, he was amazed by their beauty of form, colour, and delicate details.
Yeats remembers his grandmother punishing him only once. He was playing with a servant who, in horseplay, pulled his shirt out of his trousers. His grandmother did not approve of this. She told him 10 eat his dinner in his room and not at the dining table with other members of the family.
Yeats remembers the kindness of his grandmother with respect and gratitude.
Q. Comment on Yeats' statement that his miseries were not made by others but were a part of his own mind.
Ans. Yeats was a highly sensitive and imaginative child, He says that his childhood was a very unhappy and painful part of his life. He had somehow convinced himself that he was a very wicked child. He, therefore, believed that God would certainly punish him for his bad deeds.
Once he threw a stone at a duck, and broke its leg. Now he waited for the punishment, but he was told that the duck would be cooked for dinner, and he would not be punished. He could not believe it. Once he prayed that he might die. and became, and became convinced that he as dying.
In fact, nobody was unkind to him. His grandfather never spoke to him harshly. His grandfather was always kind to him. His uncles and aunts — though they rebuked him once or twice — were also kind. Still he was unhappy.
The cause for his unhappiness was the imaginary fears coming from some part of his mind. He recognized this fact as he grew up, and in time overcame these strange fears. Thus, he was able to say, “….my miseries were not made by others but were a part of my own mind.”
Q. Write a character sketch of Yeats' grandfather.
Ans. Yeast grandfather, William Pollexfen was a man of great physical strength and violent temper. He liked to settle his scores with his fist or whip instead of going to law.
He was a proud man and disliked his neighbours. He was a silent man who seldom made friends. In fact, Yeas remembers only two persons Campbell of Isley and Captain Wobb – with whom his grandfather was on friendly terms. He had no relatives as he was the only child of his parents.
William Pollexfen was feared and respected by his family and the people around him. In spite of his lack of warmth, and quick temper, he was not an unkind man. He owner many sailing ships, and his employees had genuine respect for him. He never ordered anyone to do something which he himself would not do.
He had run away to sea in his boyhood and had travelled to many distant lands. In his active life on the sea, he had gone through many adventures and won some honours, but he never talked of them.
William Pollexfen was not an educated man, but he always kept his Bible and Falconer’s Shir wreck on his table.

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