William Butler Yeats

(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

A Man Young And Old: I. First Love


Though nurtured like the sailing moon
In beauty's murderous brood,
She walked awhile and blushed awhile
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  • Andrew Hoellering (12/15/2009 3:27:00 AM)

    After a magical opening, Yeats describes La Belle Dame sans Merci who soaks up affection, offering nothing in return.
    The moon image is carried throughout the poem, and it works because it reflects the light of the sun.
    'I have attempted many things/And not a thing is done' is a perfect expression of the stunning effect that love can have (I speak from experience!) (Report) Reply

  • Faten Mohamad (8/28/2007 1:36:00 PM)

    In fact it is a very wonderful poem that is full of many different feeling.by describing the woman who love. (Report) Reply

  • Ruby Root (7/10/2006 9:32:00 PM)

    This was interesting he was not very lucky with his love. He is a writer with refinement and is cultivating. Excellent write. (Report) Reply

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