William Butler Yeats

County Dublin / Ireland
William Butler Yeats
County Dublin / Ireland
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For Anne Gregory

Rating: 3.6
'NEVER shall a young man,
Thrown into despair
By those great honey-coloured
Ramparts at your ear,
Love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair.'
'But I can get a hair-dye
And set such colour there,
Brown, or black, or carrot,
That young men in despair
May love me for myself alone
And not my yellow hair.'
'I heard an old religious man
But yesternight declare
That he had found a text to prove
That only God, my dear,
Could love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair.'
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COMMENTS
Vivian Timmons 12 February 2020
Too bad a real person couldn't read the poem instead of an electronic reader.
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Lana Lipsett 01 March 2019
The narrator is dreadful, certainly doesn’t know how to read poetry.
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Joel Coble 07 October 2008
I love the lines about the old religious man and love the idea that you might find an ancient text that proves something, beyond doubt.
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