William Butler Yeats

County Dublin / Ireland
William Butler Yeats
County Dublin / Ireland
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The Seven Sages

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The First. My great-grandfather spoke to Edmund Burke
In Grattan's house.
The Second. My great-grandfather shared
A pot-house bench with Oliver Goldsmith once.
The Third. My great-grandfather's father talked of music,
Drank tar-water with the Bishop of Cloyne.
The Fourth. But mine saw Stella once.
The Fifth. Whence came our thought?
The Sixth. From four great minds that hated Whiggery.
The Fifth. Burke was a Whig.
The Sixth. Whether they knew or not,
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Susan Williams 20 April 2016
Yeat praises Edmund Burke, Oliver Goldsmith, George Berkeley (the Bishop of Cloyne) and Jonathan Swift in this poem. All of them wrote about the evils of oppression and being dispossessed; Berkeley and Swift in the Irish context (The Querist and A Modest Proposal) , Goldsmith in the context of the rich evicting the poor in The Deserted Village, and Burke on the widest canvas of all (India, the American colonies and Ireland) .- - - - http: //www.irishphilosophy.com/2013/07/29/the-seven-sages/
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