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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 - 6,326 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 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. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  12. 12. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  14. 14. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  15. 15. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  16. 16. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  17. 17. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  18. 18. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  19. 19. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  20. 20. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  21. 21. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  22. 22. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  23. 23. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  24. 24. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  25. 25. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  26. 26. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  27. 27. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  28. 28. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  29. 29. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  30. 30. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  31. 31. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  32. 32. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  33. 33. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  34. 34. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  35. 35. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  36. 36. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  37. 37. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  38. 38. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  39. 39. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  40. 40. Death , Heinrich Heine
  41. 41. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  42. 42. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  43. 43. Death , William Butler Yeats
  44. 44. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  45. 45. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  46. 46. An Elegy On The Death Of A Mad Dog , Oliver Goldsmith
  47. 47. Absence Disembodies—so Does Death , Emily Dickinson
  48. 48. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  49. 49. An Elegy On The Death Of Kenneth Patchen , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  50. 50. A Baby's Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
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