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A Prayer for my Daughter Summary & Analysis
by William Butler Yeats

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The Irish poet William Butler Yeats wrote “A Prayer for my Daughter” in 1919, two days after the birth of his daughter, Anne, and included it in his 1921 collection, Michael Robartes and the Dancer. In the poem, a speaker (usually read as Yeats himself) prays about the type of woman he hopes his daughter will become and the kind of life he hopes she will have. At its core, the poem expresses a father's heartfelt wishes for his newborn daughter. In a larger sense, "A Prayer for my Daughter" is a rich, complex reflection on the joys and struggles of parenthood, Irish politics, and Yeats's own past.

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