William Butler Yeats

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

Cuchulain Comforted


A MAN that had six mortal wounds, a man
Violent and famous, strode among the dead;
Eyes stared out of the branches and were gone.

Then certain Shrouds that muttered head to head
Came and were gone. He leant upon a tree
As though to meditate on wounds and blood.

A Shroud that seemed to have authority
Among those bird-like things came, and let fall
A bundle of linen. Shrouds by two and thrce

Came creeping up because the man was still.
And thereupon that linen-carrier said:
'Your life can grow much sweeter if you will

'Obey our ancient rule and make a shroud;
Mainly because of what we only know
The rattle of those arms makes us afraid.

'We thread the needles' eyes, and all we do
All must together do.' That done, the man
Took up the nearest and began to sew.

'Now must we sing and sing the best we can,
But first you must be told our character:
Convicted cowards all, by kindred slain

'Or driven from home and left to die in fear.'
They sang, but had nor human tunes nor words,
Though all was done in common as before;

They had changed their thtoats and had the throats of birds.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Edited: Thursday, May 29, 2014

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: together, tree, fear, home, change

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?

Comments about this poem (Cuchulain Comforted by William Butler Yeats )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

New Poems

  1. To See It To Experience It For Yourself, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  2. A Mother's Bond, Valentine Mbagu
  3. Beautiful Nubian Goddess, Lore Me34
  4. Hind haiku (26-30), S.D. TIWARI
  5. Empathizing With Their Grievances, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  6. Almost timeless, Gert Strydom
  7. #obamanation, A.j. Binash
  8. She broke in to me, Gert Strydom
  9. Fettered Birds By Bijay Kant Dubey, Bijay Kant Dubey
  10. Flash Fiction, Jose Armando Guzman

Poem of the Day

poet Emily Dickinson

239

"Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!
The Apple on the Tree—
Provided it do hopeless—hang—
That—"Heaven" is—to Me!

...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet John Burroughs

 

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]