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William Butler Yeats

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

Easter, 1916


I have met them at close of day
Coming with vivid faces
From counter or desk among grey
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  • John Hill (7/20/2009 8:20:00 AM)

    It isn't the most amazing poem ever written but it is a very impressive effort. For a sensitive man to attempt to deal with the doomed and futile events that saw friends executed as terrorists (and remember, that's what the English saw them as) and to express that balance between admiration and despair in a phrase like 'a terrible beauty' or recognise the dreadful imperative that has driven terrorists (or 'freedom fighters' depending on your view) to kill in the name of peace - 'too long a sacrifice/can make a stone of the heart' is wonderful. The measured, questioning cadences and the remarkably homely imagery make this a timeless poem. He may have thought some very silly things but this poem is not one of them. (Report) Reply

  • Cynthia Ventura (6/14/2008 7:12:00 PM)

    This is the most amazing poem ever written. The imagery and emotion his words evoke wash over me anew every time I read this poem. Do yourself a favor and read anything by Yeats you can get your hands on and memorize this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Gloria Rogers (4/2/2006 11:58:00 AM)

    My grandparents lived through this terrible time in Ireland... I was born in Dublin, Eire and was raised with the knowledge of the terrible things that had occurred, but this poem is incredible... this is the first time I have read this poem... and it cuts to the heart. (Report) Reply

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