Friends Poem by William Butler Yeats


Rating: 3.2

NOW must I these three praise --
Three women that have wrought
What joy is in my days:
One because no thought,
Nor those unpassing cares,
No, not in these fifteen
Many-times-troubled years,
Could ever come between
Mind and delighted mind;
And one because her hand
Had strength that could unbind
What none can understand,
What none can have and thrive,
Youth's dreamy load, till she
So changed me that I live
Labouring in ecstasy.
And what of her that took
All till my youth was gone
With scarce a pitying look?
How could I praise that one?
When day begins to break
I count my good and bad,
Being wakeful for her sake,
Remembering what she had,
What eagle look still shows,
While up from my heart's root
So great a sweetness flows
I shake from head to foot.

Sylvia Frances Chan 23 December 2023

About Three Women is truly a very thought-provoking poem. Full 5 Stars! BUT I have enjoyed very much

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Sylvia Frances Chan 23 December 2023

Friends, food for thought here is what the poet Yeats had written, an excellent poem about three women and one of them rose from the mediocre. Very interesting to think about. Enjoyed this poem immensely. Congratulations on Poem Hunter's choice: The Classic Poem Of The Day

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Dr Sukhjeet Bajwa 24 November 2021

...just another broken heart; that all-

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Adam Webb 26 March 2020

Does anyone know how to Interpret this Poem?

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Prakash halder 10 June 2018

👌 nice

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William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats

County Dublin / Ireland
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