William Butler Yeats

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

The Dawn - Poem by William Butler Yeats

I WOULD be ignorant as the dawn
That has looked down
On that old queen measuring a town
With the pin of a brooch,
Or on the withered men that saw
From their pedantic Babylon
The careless planets in their courses,
The stars fade out where the moon comes.
And took their tablets and did sums;
I would be ignorant as the dawn
That merely stood, rocking the glittering coach
Above the cloudy shoulders of the horses;
I would be -- for no knowledge is worth a straw --
Ignorant and wanton as the dawn.


Comments about The Dawn by William Butler Yeats

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (5/3/2014 3:17:00 AM)

    You do have a uneque signature style in your poetry (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2001

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 17, 2001


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