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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
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

County Dublin / Ireland
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