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Sailing To Byzantium

Rating: 3.7

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That is no country for old men. The young
In one another's arms, birds in the trees
---Those dying generations---at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unaging intellect.

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David W Choate 27 July 2020

In My Top five Poems. Swapping places at times with William Blake's Tyger Tyger for the number one spot. Ever since I figured out how to read Blake's Rhyming. I have yet to hear any Poetry Reader rhyme " What immortal hand or eye" correctly to " frame thy fearful symmetry" Eye and 'try' in symmetry gots to rhyme yo.

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David Choate 27 June 2020

You Have to Hear Terence McKenna Read It.

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Michael Walker 05 December 2019

Another poem by Yeats which I studied at university, and have never forgotten. 'This is no country for old men.' Like my country in a way. 'all neglect/ Monuments of unaging intellect'. The young have different tastes than the old, for sure.

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Francie Lynch 20 February 2015

I like The Fiddler of Dooley as much.

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* Sunprincess * 09 June 2014

..........a marvelous masterpiece......I too, would love to be a crown fashioned purely from Byzantium gold... and set with diamonds....

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Donal Byrne 21 January 2013

This is poem about the brevity of youth and beauty It is written with such insight and majesty that i am overwhelmed. We all have lived or are living or soon will this glorious brief spell Remember and revel in it to the depths of your soul then Let go Donal

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William F Dougherty 25 April 2012

One of the signal poems of the Twentieth Century, included in every anthology of English poetry.

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Peter Stavropoulos 24 October 2009

A joy to read and to listen to. Hearing Yeats read it on YouTube is a treat.

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Michael Harmon 10 August 2009

I believe (correctly, I hope) it was Henry Ford, the creator of the production line for auto manufacturing, who, when asked about the color for his automobiles, famously said: 'You can have any color you like, as long as it's black.' I believe you can rate this poem any way you like, as long as it's 10. :)

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Raj Nandy 20 April 2009

THIS HAS BECOME A TIMELESS CLASSICAL PIECE OF POETRY & IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE CURRICULUM OF ENGLISH LITERATURE OF MANY UNIVERSITIES! PEOPLE DARING TO RATE SUCH A MASTERPIECE DO NO DISCRETID TO YEATS - BUT ONLY TO THEMSELVES! ! ! ! ! -RAJ NANDY

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