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A Dream Of Death - Poem by William Butler Yeats

I DREAMED that one had died in a strange place
Near no accustomed hand,
And they had nailed the boards above her face,
The peasants of that land,
Wondering to lay her in that solitude,
And raised above her mound
A cross they had made out of two bits of wood,
And planted cypress round;
And left her to the indifferent stars above
Until I carved these words:
i{She was more beautiful than thy first love,}
i{But now lies under boards.}


Comments about A Dream Of Death by William Butler Yeats

  • Bronze Star - 2,039 Points Henry Tong (2/28/2018 6:43:00 AM)

    I guess it's one's poetic way of dying. We all know death is inevitable, but Yeats digs deeper and goes further to create a wonderland for his burial. Nature, love, religion, and language are all carved on his tombstone. What's amazing about Yeats is that he never flows his verses based on shallow interpretations of life. Instead, he lets the audience discover the depth of soul and beauty of language at the same time. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 145,315 Points Susan Williams (2/23/2018 9:56:00 PM)

    left her to the indifferent stars above- - - - to die an unknown, unmourned and then the only distinction given to the woman was that her face was beautiful.... why does the fact that she was beautiful pain us? but it does. We seem to worship beauty and place it than honor or sweetness. If it had been a plain woman would the lines be as impactful to us? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Longbottom Trousersboy (11/8/2017 3:57:00 PM)

    I find death appealing, just like my granddaughters legs. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

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  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  4. 4. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  9. 9. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  10. 10. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  11. 11. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  12. 12. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  14. 14. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  15. 15. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  16. 16. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  18. 18. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  19. 19. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  20. 20. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
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  22. 22. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  23. 23. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  24. 24. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  25. 25. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  26. 26. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  27. 27. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  28. 28. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  29. 29. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  30. 30. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  31. 31. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  32. 32. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  33. 33. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  34. 34. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  35. 35. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  36. 36. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  37. 37. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  38. 38. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  39. 39. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  40. 40. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  41. 41. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  42. 42. Death , William Butler Yeats
  43. 43. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  44. 44. Death , Heinrich Heine
  45. 45. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  46. 46. An Elegy On The Death Of Kenneth Patchen , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  47. 47. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  48. 48. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
  49. 49. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  50. 50. Don'T Fear Death , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
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