William Butler Yeats

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

A Crazed Girl - Poem by William Butler Yeats

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THAT crazed girl improvising her music.
Her poetry, dancing upon the shore,

Her soul in division from itself
Climbing, falling She knew not where,
Hiding amid the cargo of a steamship,
Her knee-cap broken, that girl I declare
A beautiful lofty thing, or a thing
Heroically lost, heroically found.

No matter what disaster occurred
She stood in desperate music wound,
Wound, wound, and she made in her triumph
Where the bales and the baskets lay
No common intelligible sound
But sang, 'O sea-starved, hungry sea.'


Comments about A Crazed Girl by William Butler Yeats

  • Hashim Hamzat (2/23/2017 5:31:00 PM)


    It is rich in content. Nice one (Report) Reply

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  • (2/23/2017 4:28:00 PM)


    i like this poem its great for girls to learn important things (Report) Reply

  • Ash Immanuel (2/12/2017 7:13:00 AM)

    a crazed girl
    its awesome i liked it
    and i loved it
    (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Bloomfield (11/6/2016 6:38:00 PM)


    She seems wild and free, someone I dream to be! (Report) Reply

  • Marika Zuniga (3/4/2016 11:24:00 AM)


    A great piece. Made me see past experiences. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (10/4/2015 2:48:00 PM)


    WB Yeats is a master of imagery poems. (Report) Reply

  • Sadaf Masoodi (9/9/2015 9:13:00 AM)


    she stood in desperate music wound [3 (Report) Reply

  • (2/11/2015 11:02:00 PM)


    This is so like my daughter
    crazy little thing
    (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (12/6/2014 8:53:00 AM)


    Maybe she was not so crazed after all. The lass evidently
    has some talents. Namely dancing, poetry, music. Underneath
    it all their lies abilities. Very good.
    (Report) Reply

  • (6/9/2014 6:42:00 AM)


    ~ THAT crazed girl improvising her music.
    Her poetry, dancing upon the shore, ~
    ..............would love to read the remaining lines of her poetry
    .........this is a great beginning....~ 'O sea-starved, hungry sea.' ~
    ......
    (Report) Reply

  • John Chizoba Vincent (2/12/2014 12:42:00 PM)


    lost of word to say. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (2/12/2013 6:45:00 AM)


    As it was in the begining so it is now. I hope our present artists we read this. They are weird (Report) Reply

  • (2/12/2013 4:31:00 AM)


    he must be describing modern artist
    of today it could be lady gaga
    (Report) Reply

  • Akanksha Bhatt (10/1/2012 11:10:00 PM)


    just one word! VOW! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (2/12/2012 3:32:00 AM)


    britney spears could outshine that crazed
    girl if it was happening today and honestly
    madonna is genius in music and entertainment.
    on last stanza could be describing famous janet
    kackson malfunction decades later.
    (Report) Reply

  • (12/6/2010 8:29:00 PM)


    A typical romantic view of insanity as divine inspiration. The truly insane are not happy and their imitation of happiness merely serves to emphasise their misery. Yeats understands none of this. (Report) Reply

  • Sadiqullah Khan (2/15/2010 1:18:00 AM)


    The transcendental value
    Put upon the word crazed
    Otherwise the word insane
    Her sounds not commonly intelligible
    And one song she sings
    Is actually making her more free
    But fear still grips her of the hungry sea
    Which she transforms into a song improvising
    Insanity itself is freedom
    From the existing norms and codes
    Be that fate divine or bonds
    What are words become polemics
    When taken to the scene
    And where you make conclusions
    He has shown us a picture of a girl
    In a state of spectacular existence
    Now she will appear different
    Every one with own eye
    (Report) Reply

    Oluwatobi Moses Oluwatobi Moses (8/20/2016 5:45:00 AM)

    You are yeats' seed.keep that up!

  • (2/13/2010)


    I really wonder... is she the sea?
    Metaphor is incomparable.
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  • (2/12/2010 10:43:00 PM)


    poems from this Irish dreamer are all beautiful, if you haven't read more, you should (Report) Reply

  • Adam Reed (2/12/2010 12:08:00 PM)


    not to be a hater to Yeats but the rhymes were a little stale. perfect with the metaphors and still worthy of the rating. thats the only beef i have with this. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001



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