William Butler Yeats

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

A Man Young And Old: Iii. The Mermaid - Poem by William Butler Yeats

A mermaid found a swimming lad,
Picked him for her own,
Pressed her body to his body,
Laughed; and plunging down
Forgot in cruel happiness
That even lovers drown.


Comments about A Man Young And Old: Iii. The Mermaid by William Butler Yeats

  • Rookie Andrew Hoellering (12/15/2009 3:38:00 AM)

    Another terrific expression of the same callous indifference to the welfare of others. (Report) Reply

    8 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
Read all 1 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: swimming, happiness



Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



[Hata Bildir]