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The Statesman's Holiday

Rating: 4.3
I LIVED among great houses,
Riches drove out rank,
Base drove out the better blood,
And mind and body shrank.
No Oscar ruled the table,
But I'd a troop of friends
That knowing better talk had gone
Talked of odds and ends.
Some knew what ailed the world
But never said a thing,
So I have picked a better trade
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Michael Walker 30 June 2020
Yeats wrote this poem from personal experience of having been a Senator in parliament. He seems to write satirically of the pompous men who occupied high positions in the state once. The last stanza, which has so much repetition of 'with' could refer to Yeats himself.
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