William Butler Yeats

County Dublin / Ireland
William Butler Yeats
County Dublin / Ireland
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Sixteen Dead Men

Rating: 2.8
O BUT we talked at large before
The sixteen men were shot,
But who can talk of give and take,
What should be and what not
While those dead men are loitering there
To stir the boiling pot?
You say that we should still the land
Till Germany's overcome;
But who is there to argue that
Now Pearse is deaf and dumb?
And is their logic to outweigh
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COMMENTS
Douglas Scotney 25 October 2014
too many issues to make a stand for one
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Michael Morgan 25 October 2014
another fine-sounding Yeats poem that leaves you uncertain about what he's saying politically. Even his Casement poem makes the horrible denouement sound like a case of regrettable overkill. Only after the Easter Uprising does he seem to commit fully to the Irish cause.
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