William Butler Yeats

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

A Drunken Man's Praise Of Sobriety

Poem by William Butler Yeats

COME swish around, my pretty punk,
And keep me dancing still
That I may stay a sober man
Although I drink my fill.

Sobriety is a jewel
That I do much adore;
And therefore keep me dancing
Though drunkards lie and snore.
O mind your feet, O mind your feet,
Keep dancing like a wave,
And under every dancer
A dead man in his grave.
No ups and downs, my pretty,
A mermaid, not a punk;
A drunkard is a dead man,
And all dead men are drunk.


Comments about A Drunken Man's Praise Of Sobriety by William Butler Yeats

  • Miezan Millecam (7/12/2019 8:53:00 AM)

    Why they al read by woman? ?(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (7/12/2019 5:00:00 AM)

    " A drunkard is a dead man,
    And all dead men are drunk"
    What a comparison and love for drinks?(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K SwainDr Dillip K Swain (12/12/2017 5:11:00 AM)

    ......A drunkard is a dead man, /And all dead men are drunk..An insightful piece of verse!(Report)Reply

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  • Thomas CaseThomas Case (12/30/2015 10:04:00 AM)

    good poem.....drives home the effects of booze.(Report)Reply

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  • Edgar StevensEdgar Stevens (4/23/2015 6:38:00 AM)

    this is a nice poem..kept on reading this last night...(Report)Reply

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  • Ray Quesada (12/14/2012 3:12:00 PM)

    i love this poem more every time i read it!(Report)Reply

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  • BEAU GOLDEN (9/15/2007 2:21:00 AM)

    This is one to memorize and recite when one is drunk! IF that is possible!(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001