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

A Drunken Man's Praise Of Sobriety

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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.

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BEAU GOLDEN 15 September 2007

This is one to memorize and recite when one is drunk! IF that is possible!

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Ray Quesada 14 December 2012

i love this poem more every time i read it!

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Miezan Millecam 12 July 2019

Why they al read by woman? ?

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Ratnakar Mandlik 12 July 2019

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

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Dr Dillip K Swain 12 December 2017

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

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Thomas Case 30 December 2015

good poem.....drives home the effects of booze.

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Edgar Stevens 23 April 2015

this is a nice poem..kept on reading this last night...

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William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats

County Dublin / Ireland
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