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An Irish Airman Forsees His Death - Poem by William Butler Yeats

I KNOW that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My county is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan's poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.


Comments about An Irish Airman Forsees His Death by William Butler Yeats

  • Rookie peter connor (12/20/2017 8:35:00 PM)

    One of the great poems... (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 120 Points Jay Blue (1/25/2016 11:17:00 PM)

    Something about this haunts me. The imagery, yes, but the phrasing steals the show. Incredible verse! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,330 Points Soumita Sarkar (1/2/2016 6:22:00 AM)

    excellence.... at the height. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

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