William Butler Yeats

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William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and playwright, and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, an ...

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When You Are Old

WHEN you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
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He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven

HAD I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
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A Crazed Girl

THAT crazed girl improvising her music.
Her poetry, dancing upon the shore,
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A Drinking Song

WINE comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
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The Second Coming

TURNING and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
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11 November 2014

It is most important that we should keep in this country a certain leisured class.... I am of the opinion of the ancient Jewish book which says "there is no wisdom without leisure."

11 November 2014

"... Let the cage bird and the cage bird mate and the wild bird mate in the wild."

11 November 2014

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.

11 November 2014

I agree about Shaw—he is haunted by the mystery he flouts. He is an atheist who trembles in the haunted corridor.

11 November 2014

Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.

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Michael Walker 04 December 2019

I studied Yeats' poems at university and liked most of them, not all them. I still read what I think are his best poems, like 'Easter 1916'. Yeats is very much an Irish poet, but also English in many ways.

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Michael Walker 18 September 2019

I studied Yeats at university. Some of his poems endure, while others do not, in my opinion.

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