William Butler Yeats

County Dublin / Ireland
William Butler Yeats
County Dublin / Ireland
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Nineteen Hundred And Nineteen

Rating: 3.1
MANY ingenious lovely things are gone
That seemed sheer miracle to the multitude,
protected from the circle of the moon
That pitches common things about. There stood
Amid the ornamental bronze and stone
An ancient image made of olive wood --
And gone are phidias' famous ivories
And all the golden grasshoppers and bees.
We too had many pretty toys when young:
A law indifferent to blame or praise,
To bribe or threat; habits that made old wrong
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COMMENTS
John Pendrey 12 December 2017
Brilliant. Of our time. Quoted by Andrew Marr in “The Poetry of the People”
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Charles Boyer 18 January 2012
This doesn't use Yeats's format for stanzas. Show some respect!
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