A Crazed Girl Poem by William Butler Yeats

A Crazed Girl

Rating: 3.6


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 OF THE POEM
Manonton Dalan 12 February 2012

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.

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Seriously 28 April 2018

Jesus Christ, I hope you're kidding.

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Ian Fraser 06 December 2010

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.

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Schizophrenic Sarah 28 April 2018

Hahaha. Speaking as someone who is 'truly insane', uh, no. No, I have been happy many, many times. You, sir, are what we refer to in medical parlance as a idiot who thinks he knows everything but in fact knows very little, and has probably never spoken to a 'truly insane' person in his life. (Bit of a mouthful. The shortened term is jackass.) Yeats, however...he was onto something.

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Sadiqullah Khan 15 February 2010

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

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Sylvia Frances Chan 21 August 2021

5 Stars full on Top for this great Classic poem by WB Yeats, I like very much the metaphors put in this poem. An amazing write!

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Luis Estable 03 February 2021

This poem does not have a very good flow and the punctuation could be improved.

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Savita Tyagi 02 February 2021

What good be better to face desperation than the loud music. A real lifelike sketch given by a great poet.

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Paul Amrod 02 February 2021

Echoes of Schiller. Very wild and dynamic

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george floyd 08 November 2020

its good bc it made me breathe

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