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'A Prayer for My Daughter' by W. B. Yeats Brief-answer Questions

A Prayer for My Daughter

W. B. Yeats

1. To which literary age does Yeats belong?

Ans: Yeats belongs to the modern age. 

2. What is the nationality of W B Yeats? 

Ans: W B Yeats is an Irish. 

3. In which year did W.B Yeats get Nobel Prize for literature?

Ans: W.B Yeats got Nobel Prize in 1923 for literature.

4. What kind of poem is "A Prayer for My Daughter"?

Ans: "A Prayer for My Daughter" is a lyric that formally expresses personal feelings and emotions in the first person.

5. What is the central theme of the poem "A Prayer for My Daughter"?

Ans: The central theme of the poem “A Prayer for My Daughter” is the prayer of W. B. Yeats for his daughter in the face of the evils of the world.

6. What is the name of Yeats' daughter?

Ans: The name of Yeats’ daughter is Anne.

7. Who is Lady Gregory?

Ans: Lady Gregory is an Irish writer and playwright. 

8. How long does Yeats pray for his daughter?

Ans: Yeats prays for his daughter for about an hour.

9. What type of beauty does Yeats pray for his daughter?

Ans: Yeats prays for his daughter for such beauty that will not distract a stranger’s eye or the eye of his daughter when she stands before a mirror.

10. Why does not the poet want too much beauty for his daughter? 

Ans: The poet does not want too much beauty for his daughter because he thinks that it will make her proud of her beauty and turn her devoid of courtesy, natural kindness and intimacy with others.  

11. Who rose out of the spray?

Ans: Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation, rose out of the spray. 

12. Who is Helen? 

Ans: Helen is considered the most beautiful woman in the world, who was married to King Menelaus of Sparta, but eloped with Prince Paris of Troy.

13. Who is Maud Gonne?

Ans: Maud Gonne is an Irish revolutionary whom W. B. Yeats loved.

14. Whom should the daughter of Yeats marry? 

Ans: The daughter of Yeats should marry someone whose house is accustomed and ceremonious.

15. What does the linnet symbolize?

Ans: The linnet symbolizes innocent thoughts. 

16. What is Ottava Rima?

Ans: Ottova Rima is a stanza of eight lines of heroic verse with the rhyme scheme abababcc.