William Butler Yeats

County Dublin / Ireland
William Butler Yeats
County Dublin / Ireland
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Brown Penny

Rating: 4.2
I WHISPERED, 'I am too young,'
And then, 'I am old enough';
Wherefore I threw a penny
To find out if I might love.
'Go and love, go and love, young man,
If the lady be young and fair.'
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
I am looped in the loops of her hair.
O love is the crooked thing,
There is nobody wise enough
To find out all that is in it,
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Terry Dawson 22 March 2020
A beautiful poem and read with such feeling for the benefit of his daughter.
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Gregory 19 November 2019
I like to think of Penny as a girl rather than a coin. Mostly I like what it does to the line " wherefore I threw a Penny, to find out if I might love." :)
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Joann Moran 08 June 2019
This poem was quoted frequently on the soap opera One Life to Live in the 90s I believe.
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clodagh higgins 28 March 2019
how lond does it take for u to stop annoying me
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Fabrizio Frosini 31 May 2016
'Go and love, go and love, young man, If the lady be young and fair.' Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny, I am looped in the loops of her hair. - in Italian: ' Va' e ama.. va' e ama.. ragazzo, Se la ragazza è giovane e bella '. Ah, monetina.. monetina bronzea.. monetina bronzea, Sono rimasto imbrigliato nelle anse dei suoi capelli.
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Fabrizio Frosini 31 May 2016
'Go and love, go and love, young man, If the lady be young and fair.' Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny, I am looped in the loops of her hair. lovely lines.. Memories from a far past, when as a kid, I played with a similar coin.. :)
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Elisha Wilson 13 January 2015
Nice Piece from Sir Yeats!
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Robert Henry 30 March 2012
I love this poem, heard it for the first time this week.
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Menchie Nolasco 05 January 2010
lovely, lovely poem. i heard it first from christopher plummer in Must Love Dogs.
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Allison McDowell 31 July 2009
i loved Must Love Dogs. it was hillarious. this poem is veryenlightning to the heart and soul. i love this poem
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