Harvard student Zachary Shrier comments on Professor Vendler's teaching.
"Among School Children" is an example of a philosophical poem
a poem that considers some of the questions, or readings of the world asked by
The poem names three famous Greek philosophers from the beginning era of philosophy: Plato, Aristotle and Pythagoras.
Yeats first aim is not to be perfectly clear. The poem is not easy to decipher. Rather, the poem contains the ruminations of a man who has read, thought, written and loved all of his life.
"Among School Children" was written after visiting a Montessori school in Dublin. A sixty-year-old man, a famous poet and a winner of the Nobel Prize, Yeats was asked to visit such institutions to provide encouragement to students.