William Butler Yeats

County Dublin / Ireland
William Butler Yeats
County Dublin / Ireland
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The Tower

Rating: 4.3
SAILING TO BYZANTIUM
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THAT is no country for old men. The young
In one another's arms, birds in the trees
-- Those dying generations -- at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unageing intellect.
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John Pendrey 06 July 2018
My favourite Yeat’s poem. It is joy to anyone thinking of old age. “Never had I more excited, passionate, fantastical imagination......” and the wide ranging poem then immerses the reader in his imaginative world. His unrequited love of Maud Gonne is real poetry.
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John Pendrey 06 July 2018
My favourite Yeat’s poem. It is joy to anyone thinking of old age. “Never had I more excited, passionate, fantastical imagination......” and the wide ranging poem then immerses the reader in his imaginative world. His unrequited love of Maud Gonne is real poetry.
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Rosa Jamali 23 December 2008
Despite being long, you never hesitate to read the poem completely till the last line & my favourite poem so that I translated it to Persian: http: //www.rosajamali.com/article.aspx? id=58 Unlike other long poems it keeps you interested till the end . A blend of mythology and the painstaking story of a nation ruined through the time...
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