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William Butler Yeats

County Dublin / Ireland
William Butler Yeats
County Dublin / Ireland
Tuesday, May 15, 2001

A Model For The Laureate

Rating: 3.3
ON thrones from China to Peru
All sorts of kings have sat
That men and women of all sorts
proclaimed both good and great;
And what's the odds if such as these
For reason of the State
Should keep their lovers waiting,
Keep their lovers waiting?
Some boast of beggar-kings and kings
Of rascals black and white
That rule because a strong right arm
Puts all men in a fright,
And drunk or sober live at ease
Where none gainsay their right,
And keep their lovers waiting,
Keep their lovers waiting.
The Muse is mute when public men
Applaud a modern throne:
Those cheers that can be bought or sold,
That office fools have run,
That waxen seal, that signature.
For things like these what decent man
Would keep his lover waiting,
Keep his lover waiting?
William Butler Yeats
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Ratnakar Mandlik 24 September 2019
" What decent man would keep his lover waiting" Price paid for the throne criticized in the superb poetic expression.
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Practicing Poetess 24 September 2019
It's the old, timeless story, oft lamented, of the tug between duty (and obligations) , v.s. family and emotional ties.
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Kingsley Egbukole 24 September 2019
Well articulated. Kingsley Egbukole
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Anil Kumar Panda 24 September 2019
Nation is supreme. Love is not. So one has to attend the call of the nation first. Love can wait. Very insightful poem with a nice flow. Thanks for sharing.
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Ramesh T A 24 September 2019
Lovers can wait but not duties of a nation except fools ever! Nice composition by W B Yeats!
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Chen Yefeng 24 September 2019
haha,good: ON thrones from China to Peru All sorts of kings have sat
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Uche Nwanze 24 September 2019
'The Muse is mute when public men applaud a modern throne'. A beautifully crafted piece deserving of POD.
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Dominic Windram 24 September 2019
I think this poem needs to be placed in context. During the 1930's, Yeats composed numerous that were apparently designed primarily to separate himself from the eroto-phobic orthodoxy of the Free State.. The subject of ' a Model For The Laureate; is the necessary separation of the ability of statesmen from their private sexual lives, occasioned by the abdication crisis in England: I particularly admire its biting satire.
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Mahtab Bangalee 24 September 2019
The Muse is mute when public men Applaud a modern throne: ..../// beautiful poetic expression
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Richard Wlodarski 24 September 2018
Excellent poem! Must read more of Yeats.
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