After Long Silence Poem by William Butler Yeats

After Long Silence

Rating: 3.3

Speech after long silence; it is right,
All other lovers being estranged or dead,
Unfriendly lamplight hid under its shade,
The curtains drawn upon unfriendly night,
That we descant and yet again descant
Upon the supreme theme of Art and Song:
Bodily decrepitude is wisdom; young
We loved each other and were ignorant.

Andrew Hoellering 02 October 2009

This is a wonderful poem. The lamplight is unfriendly because the lovers have been around but now are both old. The night is unfriendly because they can no longer go a' roving under the light of the moon. The concluding lines tell us that both recognise that wisdom is the product of age and experience. For the young, love is the be-all and end-all, sufficient in itself unto the day.

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Kunzang 29 October 2018

WHY use a robot to read this?

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Edward Kofi Louis 19 August 2016

It is right! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Susan Williams 19 August 2016

Personally the more silence the better- - old fools think that their accumulation of years have made them incredibly wise, young fools think their youth fresh and incredibly intelligent.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 19 August 2016

A beautifully envisioned great poem lauding speaking after a long silence and the experience and maturity given by old age to the persons who were immature and ignorant during youth.

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Chukwuebuka Adebayo 19 August 2016

Speech After long silence is wise. Good Morny From Nigeria.

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William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats

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