poet William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats

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He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven

HAD I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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  • Suryendu Chaudhury (10/2/2020 8:08:00 AM)

    The devotion to love is the highest degree of love that is finally realized in devotion.

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (6/30/2020 9:15:00 PM)

    A tremendous last line: ' Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.' A poor person cannot afford expensive, embroidered cloths as a gift, but has only his dreams to offer.

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  • rtdrdt (11/11/2019 11:26:00 AM)

    hi: 0 sdfghkjiuyrfyterywerwer

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    unicorn(4/29/2020 12:09:00 PM)

    super bad and horrible

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (11/8/2019 8:54:00 AM)

    Well expressed thoughts and feelings. A beautiful work of art.

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  • Unnikrishnan E S (10/27/2019 1:52:00 AM)

    Yeats has brought out the contrasting images here. The rich-poor divide.
    The poem opens with the haughty richness indicated by the Cloths of Heaven” embroidered in gold and silver light. But then it turns out that it is just a dream. The poor has only dreams to spread before the world. So, ” tread softly” is the message to the rich, because, it is on the dreams of the poor that you, the rich, tread.... Very poignant write.

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  • Unnikrishnan E S (10/26/2019 9:11:00 AM)

    Ha! Lovely poem. The poems is on “his” desire for the cloths of heaven... The reader is taken on a fantastic ride in the gay abandon of the heavens. But, abruptly, he is rudely dropped back to earth:

    But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. “” The reader misses a heartbeat or two...

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  • Innocent Bhebhe (9/26/2019 11:17:00 AM)

    May I have a way of analyzing poems if anyone can help

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  • Rayhan (9/8/2019 11:17:00 PM)

    Superb

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (3/27/2019 3:53:00 PM)

    Yeats words, heavy and true. A legend of poetry Mr. Yeats.

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  • Parameswaran Nair (DPN) (10/23/2018 12:13:00 AM)

    The poem ends with a prayer not to tread hard on the dreams. The contrasting dreams and the poverty are left to the God to decide upon as to which one is to prevail.

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  • Yvonne deVastey (cloudsunlimited@aol.com) (10/8/2018 12:40:00 PM)

    I believed that I had heard of a slightly different quote: ...but I, being poor, have only my dreams. I spread my dreams beneath your feet, tread softly, lest you tread on my dreams. Do you have any info on this version?

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  • Codeworm (9/5/2018 9:33:00 PM)

    Absolutely beautiful! Warms the heart...very touching

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  • Jcson JenuisJcson Jenuis (4/27/2018 3:31:00 AM)

    Oh wow rocking my legs, thought and dreams

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  • Tracy cheyne (4/16/2018 11:35:00 AM)

    A wonderful poet❣️

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  • Jeff Kantor (3/17/2018 2:50:00 AM)

    OMG that was my first Yeates poem, mind blowing. Pure GENIUS

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  • My name is Geoffrey Stansfield (2/9/2018 7:08:00 PM)

    Conductor Of The HEXHAM Male Voice Choir in U.K.we had a lovely arrangement of Cloths Of Heave

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  • Doreen Norman (1/4/2018 6:24:00 PM)

    This poem was also quoted by Anthony Hopkins in the film 84 Charing Cross Road. It was haunting and beautiful. Hearing him recite the words with that smooth velvet voice of his lead to my learning the poem by heart and making it my favourite of all time. The poem is short, but oh so sweet.

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  • Abhimanyu Kumar.sAbhimanyu Kumar.s (12/2/2017 7:50:00 AM)

    Very true a poor can only dream big and get none yet win all.

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  • nicco m. (11/28/2017 11:00:00 AM)

    Beautiful work... the dreams of the poor man are his riches

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  • Malfleur (11/14/2017 4:33:00 AM)

    HE wishes for the cloths of heaven, not SHE wishes. Inappropriate reader and poorly read into the bargain!

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    Jackie(3/18/2019 10:59:00 PM)

    Malfleur, I think it is an electronic voice, so yes, it is inappropriate as it is devoid of feeling.

    Richard(1/13/2018 1:10:00 AM)

    Is it always necessary to criticise artists of a time gone by

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