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

  • Petals Azureblue (12/12/2018 7:47:00 AM)

    When she fell she rose again......... (Report) Reply

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  • (11/3/2018 5:07:00 AM)

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

  • (8/19/2018 6:49:00 AM)

    Thanks (Report) Reply

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

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

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

    Beautiful poignant poem. (Report) Reply

  • Susan 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

  • (2/23/2018 8:30:00 PM)

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

  • Kumarmani 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.
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  • (2/23/2018 11:03:00 AM)

    That crazed poet improvising his poetry
    Sees a pretty girl singing, begging on a shore
    She is an orphan, no parents
    She came here from no where
    Somebody perhaps dropped
    her here from some mad house

    Sing, sing, O pretty girl, be happy
    You do not know your misery
    Those who know their misery
    Can never be happy. You are
    blessed, , you orphan, mad girl!
    (Report) Reply

    (6/16/2018 3:47:00 AM)

    I didn’t realise she was a real girl.

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (2/23/2018 10:44:00 AM)

    This is a very sweet poem.
    Such an intense poem that brings the characteristics of that crazed girl as Yeats calls her.
    She sings, dances, climbs, falls - heroically lost and found too - on the sea shore.
    Very beautifully penned.
    (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/23/2018 8:46:00 AM)

    From itself! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (2/23/2018 7:50:00 AM)

    Congratulations for the descents of WB Yeats for being chosen as the Classic Poem of The Day! Myriad of 10´s from my humble heart. Sincerely, Sylvia Frances Chan, Dutch poetess, world traveler and evangelist.
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    (4/28/2018 5:39:00 PM)

    Nobody cares who you are, Sylvia.

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (2/23/2018 7:50:00 AM)

    WOW, W.B. YEATS! A poet to mine heart! Such a most beautiful Sonnet from a sheer man´s heart. I cannot give the vote number, all numbers would not suffice. His poetry oft conjures magic and that is felt by mine heart. He is a very smart poet and know how to rhyme as the poem goes, each poem a different order.
    (Report) Reply

  • (2/23/2018 4:30:00 AM)

    Kind of reminds of Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of Caribbean. (Report) Reply

  • (2/23/2018 4:05:00 AM)

    My best favorate poem of William Butler Yeats! 10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/23/2018 1:14:00 AM)

    Such a great wrote by William Butler Yeats👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (2/23/2018 12:15:00 AM)

    From the girl's guts, W B Yeats says that steadfastness is very important in life to stand against all odds! (Report) Reply

  • Dr Dillip K Swain (12/12/2017 5:03:00 AM)

    A great motivating poem! ....No matter what disaster occurred/She stood in desperate music wound.................................. Poetry of W. B. Yeats is immortal! (Report) Reply

  • (12/11/2017 3:23:00 PM)

    i love these poems that i did not write (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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