Subsequent versions of the volume made various chan...more
What shall I do with this absurdity—
O heart, O troubled heart—this caricature,
Decrepit age that has been tied to me
As to a dog’s tail?
Never had I more
Excited, passionate, fanatical
Imagination, nor an ear and eye
That more expected the impossible—
No, not in boyhood when with rod and fly,
Or the humbler worm, I climbed Ben Bulben’s back
And had the livelong summer day to spend.
It seems that I must bid the Muse go pack,
Choose Plato and Plotinus for a friend
Until imagination, ear and eye,
Can be conte ...more
Yeats has an interesting style that allows for an easy read that is also a deep read. As you work through the poems, you can almost feel the underlying meaning to some of them. It's like he is trying to tell you something more, but wants you decipher it for yourself. In many ways, poetry is supposed to make us think about what our personal reactions and perceptions about the words we read are and Yeats does thi ...more
"Secrets of the Old" is one of the few poems in the collection that can be mistaken for upbeat, or at very least nostalgic--and yet these more happy interpretations of this poem are incorrect, I think. While "Secrets" is not a lament, it's utterly sad. The speaker expresses the solitude of age--everyone has ...more
"So like a bit of stone I lie / Under a broken tree." When I came across these lines I couldn't help but wonder whether this was a reference to Fascism by way of John Heartsfield's "O Tannenbaum..." image of a tree twisted into the shape of a swastika; or whether he thought it up independently. But of course, it is likely merely reference to many other instances of stone and tree combined, just another example of a common association. We never really know unless the poet successfully tells us so...more
willaim butler yeats has an established, strong poetic style, thats very unique and recognizable.
most of his poems hold a great deal of references to mythology lending its self to the hugh of fantasy, these poems really capture you and pull you out of your surroundings.
however, to non avid poetry fans I would never recommend this.
its heavy with its similes and its entangled imagery, and non poetry lovers would not enjoy it what so ever.
this book, I think, fo a proper revi ...more
It's a hard job translating Yeats as his poetry is so complicated. In each line the words are so mingled in a way you can't find the right equivalent for it , anyway I'm trying ...
To read some of the ...more