poet William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats

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A Drinking Song

WINE comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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  • Bjpafa MeragenteBjpafa Meragente (6/25/2020 9:25:00 PM)

    Little package, greater on the inside. I like the shorter Yeats. People who have too much on their minds must keep it at bay, or fall in a bay of disarray and contradiction in terms, although truth is involved.

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  • Kesav EaswaranKesav Easwaran (12/25/2019 9:20:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem piece. Love this Yeats brand wine

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (7/12/2019 4:57:00 AM)

    Wine comes at mouth and
    Love comes in at the eye"
    Outstanding flight of imagery and equally outstanding style of expression.

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  • Janhavi Mukund lakade (7/21/2018 9:15:00 AM)

    I like it the poem

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  • a mid size zebra (5/9/2018 6:05:00 AM)

    i think a lunch would bhe nice hank

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  • SylvaOnyema Uba (4/20/2018 12:02:00 PM)

    A sestet With a rhyme scheme of ab ab ab. Nicely written.

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  • SYLVA (4/13/2018 7:10:00 AM)

    WINE comes in at the mouth And loves comes in at the eye. Nice style.

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  • Idiot (3/15/2018 1:10:00 PM)

    What would the theme be You decide.

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  • Idiot (3/15/2018 1:03:00 PM)

    This poem is good for short paragraphs.

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  • vahitha (12/24/2017 12:01:00 AM)

    Add a comment.very short poem..its very nice... nice explanation of eyes and mouth...

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  • Abhimanyu Kumar.sAbhimanyu Kumar.s (12/2/2017 7:54:00 AM)

    Great way before you quit living. Great

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  • Resh Kav (6/23/2017 8:16:00 PM)

    wow... so great yet simple words

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (4/16/2017 9:02:00 AM)

    The truth lives in the wine..good poem

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  • Sylvaonyema UbaSylvaonyema Uba (2/8/2017 8:21:00 AM)

    Images of eyes and mouth ... It is what you see that you will say. Good piece of poem! Sylva.

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  • Sherwin Jan Navarro (1/9/2017 8:42:00 PM)

    infatuation, love, admiration desire all are simple and complex at the same time. The poem perfectly captures the the indescribable feeling with a simple sigh.

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  • Tom Allport (1/8/2017 1:58:00 PM)

    eye and mouth co-ordination how true?

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  • Shareq RahmanShareq Rahman (11/28/2016 8:19:00 AM)

    Kill me, bury me and turn me into earth
    Hit me with a spade, turn me on a wheel
    Burn me and give me to a vintner to fill
    Put your lips on my mouth to drink the wine.
    Omar al Khayyam.

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  • Chukwuebuka AdebayoChukwuebuka Adebayo (8/20/2016 5:47:00 AM)

    Nice anyway, lets drink all the way

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  • Michael RylandMichael Ryland (12/28/2015 1:02:00 AM)

    The true measure of a poem's greatness is that the only words used are those necessary to convey the poet's message. Yeats could have spoiled this by describing the wine or his love. He chose not to, and we are eternally grateful for his brevity. To slake the dust with grape and to sigh at one's love, what more do we need?

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  • Frank (black) BlacharczykFrank (black) Blacharczyk (7/9/2015 4:50:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem and a wonderful image of love

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