William Butler Yeats

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

Sailing To Byzantium - Poem by William Butler Yeats

That is no country for old men. The young
In one another's arms, birds in the trees
---Those dying generations---at their song,
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Comments about Sailing To Byzantium by William Butler Yeats

  • Gold Star - 5,862 Points Francis Lynch (2/20/2015 8:32:00 PM)

    I like The Fiddler of Dooley as much. (Report) Reply

    1 person liked.
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  • Gold Star - 16,965 Points * Sunprincess * (6/9/2014 7:12:00 AM)

    ..........a marvelous masterpiece......I too, would love to be a crown fashioned purely from Byzantium gold... and set with diamonds.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Donal Byrne (1/21/2013 8:05:00 AM)

    This is poem about the brevity of youth and beauty
    It is written with such insight and majesty that i am overwhelmed.
    We all have lived or are living or soon will this glorious brief spell
    Remember and revel in it to the depths of your soul then
    Let go
    Donal (Report) Reply

  • Rookie William F Dougherty (4/25/2012 8:25:00 PM)

    One of the signal poems of the Twentieth Century, included in every anthology of English poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,079 Points Peter Stavropoulos (10/24/2009 9:47:00 PM)

    A joy to read and to listen to. Hearing Yeats read it on YouTube is a treat. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Michael Harmon (8/10/2009 1:06:00 PM)

    I believe (correctly, I hope) it was Henry Ford, the creator of the production line for auto manufacturing, who, when asked about the color for his automobiles, famously said: 'You can have any color you like, as long as it's black.'

    I believe you can rate this poem any way you like, as long as it's 10. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Raj Nandy (4/20/2009 10:06:00 AM)

    THIS HAS BECOME A TIMELESS CLASSICAL PIECE OF POETRY & IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CURRICULUM OF ENGLISH LITERATURE OF MANY UNIVERSITIES! PEOPLE DARING TO RATE SUCH A MASTERPIECE DO NO
    DISCRETID TO YEATS - BUT ONLY TO THEMSELVES! ! ! ! !
    -RAJ NANDY (Report) Reply

  • Rookie ari anna arena (2/2/2007 2:41:00 AM)

    This could possibly be almost the perfect poem!
    Certainly one of the most beautiful with nearly every poetic nuance and technique
    represented.
    What a guy, that Yeats. Love him. Love this. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mesho Saleh (12/5/2006 10:20:00 AM)

    this poem is so great, it compains myth with reality. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ann Goodchild (6/15/2005 7:19:00 PM)

    Probably one of the most beautiful and under-rated poems ever (Report) Reply








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