William Butler Yeats

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

A Crazed Girl

Poem by William Butler Yeats

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

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    O sea-starved, hungry sea
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  • Mamunur Rahman KayesMamunur Rahman Kayes (12/1/2019 10:44:00 PM)

    Where the bales and the baskets lay
    No common intelligible sound
    But sang, 'O sea-starved, hungry sea.'....../// nice verse(Report)Reply

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  • John GilbertJohn Gilbert (10/12/2019 12:42:00 PM)

    The voice interpretation of this, which i could not stop, is awful.(Report)Reply

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    what the poem! Badly written poem!(Report)Reply

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    A beautiful lofty thing, or a thing
    Heroically lost, heroically found.

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    beautifully written-
    A beautiful lofty thing, or a thing
    Heroically lost, heroically found........///(Report)Reply

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  • María Andrea (1/3/2019 10:48:00 PM)

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  • John N (11/3/2018 5:07:00 AM)

    Having a computer read poetry? W T F?(Report)Reply

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    Thanks(Report)Reply

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  • Narayanan Kutty PozhathNarayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/23/2018 11:48:00 AM)

    It is wonderful to think of such a girl and her trouble.(Report)Reply

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  • Nudershada CabanesNudershada Cabanes (2/23/2018 11:03:00 PM)

    Beautiful poignant poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (2/23/2018 9:22:00 PM)

    Yeats immortalized a mentally challenged or mentally ill for all time- it is too bad she was not aware that 100's of years later we would read about her.(Report)Reply

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  • Douglas Scotney (2/23/2018 8:30:00 PM)

    A Mixed-Up Girl.......(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (2/23/2018 11:24:00 AM)

    Where the bales and the baskets lay
    No common intelligible sound
    But sang, 'O sea-starved, hungry sea.'.........interesting expression. Beautiful poem.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001