William Butler Yeats

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

The Sorrow Of Love

Poem by William Butler Yeats

THE brawling of a sparrow in the eaves,
The brilliant moon and all the milky sky,
And all that famous harmony of leaves,
Had blotted out man's image and his cry.
A girl arose that had red mournful lips
And seemed the greatness of the world in tears,
Doomed like Odysseus and the labouring ships
And proud as Priam murdered with his peers;
Arose, and on the instant clamorous eaves,
A climbing moon upon an empty sky,
And all that lamentation of the leaves,
Could but compose man's image and his cry.


Comments about The Sorrow Of Love by William Butler Yeats

  • Johnny (11/9/2018 6:02:00 PM)

    Here the simple lines capture the story of an Irish legend, Angus the god of water, and the endless search for beauty(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (7/30/2016 10:58:00 PM)

    The pangs of love marvelously woven in a beautiful verse that is rich in rhythm and rhyme.(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (4/12/2016 8:19:00 AM)

    The brilliant moon and all the milky sky,
    And all that famous harmony of leaves,
    Had blotted out man's image and his cry.
    A girl arose that had red mournful lips
    And seemed the greatness of the world in tears...

    A superb creation of poetry.
    I enjoyed readng it.(Report)Reply

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  • Anas AffanAnas Affan (3/31/2016 12:35:00 AM)

    terrific imaginary poem.........i like much...........i always love you(Report)Reply

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  • Hannah Martin (2/19/2016 9:56:00 PM)

    I love this poem! My favorite of Yeats, but this is the wrong version- not at all like the one I had read in an anthology, and not nearly so beautiful.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (2/19/2016 12:43:00 PM)

    ............the sorrows of love is a beautiful rhyming poem ★(Report)Reply

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  • Roseann Shawiak (1/18/2016 10:50:00 AM)

    This poem stirred my mind and imagination with it's imagery and a stilted rhythm, not quite flowing. Good poem! RoseAnn(Report)Reply

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  • Gregory Vest (1/17/2016 10:54:00 AM)

    I love poems like this. Those that stir the emotions through beautiful images.(Report)Reply

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  • Alisha CastleAlisha Castle (12/27/2015 12:47:00 PM)

    very impressive poetry work(Report)Reply

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  • Kinyua KaranjaKinyua Karanja (9/22/2015 2:47:00 AM)

    A classic poems of late 19th and early 20th century had an exceptional us of language, I always like way. Great poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Anita SharmaAnita Sharma (9/21/2015 4:57:00 PM)

    excellent imagery liked much(Report)Reply

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  • Bunny Monster716Bunny Monster716 (9/9/2015 12:24:00 AM)

    Beautiful the ending was perfect(Report)Reply

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  • Charity NduhiuCharity Nduhiu (8/28/2015 4:37:00 AM)

    A nice poem i have love the harmony of the leaves.(Report)Reply

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  • Charity NduhiuCharity Nduhiu (8/25/2015 11:43:00 PM)

    The poem is wonderful i have liked it. Keep up william(Report)Reply

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  • Captain Herbert PoetryCaptain Herbert Poetry (7/12/2015 3:37:00 AM)

    Marvelous and superb piece(Report)Reply

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  • Madathil Rajendran NairMadathil Rajendran Nair (4/7/2015 12:51:00 AM)

    This poem is extremely beautiful although I can't figure out why this is in the love poems section.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2001

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 17, 2001


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