William Butler Yeats

(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

On Being Asked For A War Poem

Poem by William Butler Yeats

I THINK it better that in times like these
A poet's mouth be silent, for in truth
We have no gift to set a statesman right;
He has had enough of medding who can please
A young girl in the indolence of her youth,
Or an old man upon a winter's night.


Comments about On Being Asked For A War Poem by William Butler Yeats

  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (3/4/2019 2:10:00 AM)

    Lovely poem with a clear message about the futility of war.
    Thanks.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 15, 2001


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