Why Should Not Old Men Be Mad? Poem by William Butler Yeats

Why Should Not Old Men Be Mad?

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WHY should not old men be mad?
Some have known a likely lad
That had a sound fly-fisher's wrist
Turn to a drunken journalist;
A girl that knew all Dante once
Live to bear children to a dunce;
A Helen of social welfare dream,
Climb on a wagonette to scream.
Some think it a matter of course that chance
Should starve good men and bad advance,
That if their neighbours figured plain,
As though upon a lighted screen,
No single story would they find
Of an unbroken happy mind,
A finish worthy of the start.
Young men know nothing of this sort,
Observant old men know it well;
And when they know what old books tell
And that no better can be had,
Know why an old man should be mad.

Jimmy Jimson 14 March 2022

Stupendous poem!

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joe blaustein 06 December 2018

, , , particularly apt in times of Trump

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Bill Wright 14 October 2016

Excellent poem, really enjoyed it.

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* Sunprincess * 05 April 2016

......a wonderful poem with a great message - Life isn't fair ★

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Brian Jani 05 May 2014

Good poem

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William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats

County Dublin / Ireland
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