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The Municipal Gallery Revisited

Rating: 4.2

AROUND me the images of thirty years:
An ambush; pilgrims at the water-side;
Casement upon trial, half hidden by the bars,
Guarded; Griffith staring in hysterical pride;
Kevin O'Higgins' countenance that wears
A gentle questioning look that cannot hide
A soul incapable of remorse or rest;
A revolutionary soldier kneeling to be blessed;
An Abbot or Archbishop with an upraised hand
Blessing the Tricolour. 'This is not,' I say,

'The dead Ireland of my youth, but an Ireland
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Pete Gelvin 27 February 2020

In the Seinfeld episode “The Deal, ” Yeats is misquoted. In that episode, the last line of Yeat’s poem is read as stating, “... I had such a friend.” Yeats wrote, “... I had such friends.” I was not familiar with the quote until hearing it read (or should I say, “misread”) during the Seinfeld episode. Hearing it made me look up the source and read the entire poem in order to better understand what the author was describing.

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Rebeka Afsary 29 July 2018

phylosophical poem..reminicience

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Think where man's glory most begins and ends, And say my glory was I had such friends.

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Luda Parker 21 May 2009

Oh Liz, lighten up! Seinfeld, introducing Keats to lots of people who will then go on and look the poem up - surely a good thing. I love it.

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Liz Harnett 22 April 2009

Ugh, to defile the most amazing poem of all time by using it on Seinfeld. I think I'm going to be sick.

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Ethan West 13 March 2008

The last two lines of the poem were used in the popular 90's television show 'Seinfeld'. Kramer used the lines in Elain's birthday card. Season 2, The Deal.

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