William Butler Yeats

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

A Drinking Song - Poem by William Butler Yeats

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.

Comments about A Drinking Song by William Butler Yeats

  • (3/15/2018 1:10:00 PM)

    What would the theme be You decide. (Report) Reply

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  • (3/15/2018 1:03:00 PM)

    This poem is good for short paragraphs. (Report) Reply

  • (12/24/2017 12:01:00 AM)

    Add a comment.very short poem..its very nice... nice explanation of eyes and mouth... (Report) Reply

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

    Great way before you quit living. Great (Report) Reply

  • (6/23/2017 8:16:00 PM)

    wow... so great yet simple words (Report) Reply

  • (4/16/2017 9:02:00 AM)

    The truth lives in the wine..good poem (Report) Reply

  • Sylva-onyema 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. (Report) Reply

  • (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. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/8/2017 1:58:00 PM)

    tom allport
    eye and mouth co-ordination how true? (Report) Reply

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

    Wine verse
    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.
    (Report) Reply

  • Oluwatobi Moses (8/20/2016 5:47:00 AM)

    Nice anyway, lets drink all the way (Report) Reply

  • Michael 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? (Report) Reply

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

    A beautiful poem and a wonderful image of love (Report) Reply

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/18/2015 3:55:00 AM)

    I like the last line, it is like saying, I look at you and I sigh because it is true, I am falling in love. (Report) Reply

  • (10/23/2014 4:29:00 PM)

    Simple and to the point, but true and great. (Report) Reply

  • (10/23/2014 1:19:00 PM)

    Perfection. To the point with an elegance and poignance entwined. Loved this (Report) Reply

  • Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (10/23/2014 9:21:00 AM)

    lovely poem and to the point. (Report) Reply

  • (10/23/2014 6:23:00 AM)

    Wonderful piece. (Report) Reply

  • Sagnik Chakraborty (10/23/2014 3:54:00 AM)

    This is a poem about impermanence and fading, expressed through beautiful brevity of 6 lines. The pleasure induced by wine shall not remain forever, nor shall the poet or his beloved. Everything is impermanent, everything fades. (Report) Reply

  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/23/2014 1:29:00 AM)

    This is s deep poem- We love to Lord and fear with the Sin, The imagery Wine is for sin that we do and the love through eyes - Eyes are the other imagery that is for Heaven - Sinning and confessing the truth known to all - I lift the glass - I am commenting a mistake..I remember you and fear - Man is what wrapped with virtue and tied with vice that's what can be taken from the poem..lovely (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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