Yeats

viagrandad
viagrandad

What is your favorite poem by this ol' irish cuckoo?

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Firespawn
Firespawn

the one about stepping on his memes

StonedTime
StonedTime

Leda And the Swan is fuchking awesome

ZeroReborn
ZeroReborn

i have a bunch of favs.

Song of the Happy Shepherd
first poem of his i ever read, has a lot of sentimental value bc the rhyme scheme switching trick he does with the lines:

"The wandering earth herself may be
Only a sudden flaming word,
In clanging space a moment heard,
Troubling the endless reverie."

blew my mind and made me want to start writing poetry in the first place.

anashuya and vijaya
early favorite bc although it's pretty hilarious how he attempts to capture the melodrama of hindu mythology, he has some of the most phonetically beautiful lines in this one (i.e. "And may no restless with fidget finger trouble his sleeping: give him dreams of me."

A Drinking Song
beautiful in its simplicity and the passivity of its passion

Leda and the Swan
needs no explanation

Those Dancing Days are Gone
that fucking refrain tho

AwesomeTucker
AwesomeTucker

A sudden blow: the great wings beating still
Above the staggering girl, her thighs caressed
By the dark webs, her nape caught in his bill,
He holds her helpless breast upon his breast.

How can those terrified vague fingers push
The feathered glory from her loosening thighs?
And how can body, laid in that white rush,
But feel the strange heart beating where it lies?

A shudder in the loins engenders there
The broken wall, the burning roof and tower
And Agamemnon dead.
Being so caught up,
So mastered by the brute blood of the air,
Did she put on his knowledge with his power
Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?

yeah that's quite something

PurpleCharger
PurpleCharger

sorry for the fuckin novel, yeats is just my favorite poet

StrangeWizard
StrangeWizard

his ability to capture the scope of a thread of history is incredible

Need_TLC
Need_TLC

im always the most impressed by his ability to come up with stuff like 'terrified vague fingers push' and 'brute blood of the air'. There are endless amounts of subpar attempts at this kind of thing but his are always amazing

King_Martha
King_Martha

Not my favorite but very underrated is Lamentation of the Old Pensioner

girlDog
girlDog

Slouching to Jerusalem was pretty gud

happy_sad
happy_sad

Leda and The Swan
absolute furry classic

lostmypassword
lostmypassword

agreed. no other poet (or writer, for that matter) has the metric or phonetic ability to evoke the feeling of an image quite like he does. frost and wallace are the only two that come close imo, but neither are as forceful, which has its own merits i guess

Techpill
Techpill

yeh! he always does will subverting old tropes like the kind of turn pensioner uses

Burnblaze
Burnblaze

I love his style - i try to incorporate some of it in my own poetry though i write without rhymes (rhymes in danish sounds hoinky doinky - awkard like those youtube christian poems)

Firespawn
Firespawn

post some please?

Flameblow
Flameblow

It's in danish and i feel awkward sending it to anons who also might steal it

TurtleCat
TurtleCat

An Irish Airman Foresees his Death is amazing

CodeBuns
CodeBuns

Yeats is probably my personal favorite poet. His earlier stuff, especially, captures a perfect sense of wistfulness.

WHEN I play on my fiddle in Dooney.
Folk dance like a wave of the sea;
My cousin is priest in Kilvarnet,
My brother in Mocharabuiee.

I passed my brother and cousin:
They read in their books of prayer;
I read in my book of songs
I bought at the Sligo fair.

When we come at the end of time
To Peter sitting in state,
He will smile on the three old spirits,
But call me first through the gate;

For the good are always the merry,
Save by an evil chance,
And the merry love the fiddle,
And the merry love to dance:

And when the folk there spy me,
They will all come up to me,
With 'Here is the fiddler of Dooney!'
And dance like a wave of the sea.

askme
askme

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,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born

Bidwell
Bidwell

“‘There must be some kind of way out of here,’
Said the joker to the king.”

likme
likme

being real here, this is clearly his best poem, I mean jesus fucking christ

Emberburn
Emberburn

Meditations in Times of Civil War

Best bits:

Mere dreams, mere dreams! Yet Homer had not Sung
Had he not found it certain beyond dreams
That out of life's own self-delight had sprung
The abounding glittering jet; though now it seems
As if some marvellous empty sea-shell flung
Out of the obscure dark of the rich streams,
And not a fountain, were the symbol which
Shadows the inherited glory of the rich.

The stilted water-hen
Crossing Stream again
Scared by the splashing of a dozen cows;

Il Penseroso's Platonist toiled on
In some like chamber, shadowing forth
How the daemonic rage
Imagined everything.

Knowing that none could pass Heaven's door,
That loved inferior art,
Had such an aching heart
That he, although a country's talk
For silken clothes and stately walk.
Had waking wits; it seemed
Juno's peacock screamed.

The primum Mobile that fashioned us
Has made the very owls in circles move;
And I, that count myself most prosperous,

I count those feathered balls of soot
The moor-hen guides upon the stream.
To silence the envy in my thought;

The heart's grown brutal from the fare;

The abstract joy,
The half-read wisdom of daemonic images,
Suffice the ageing man as once the growing boy.

famousliteraryworks.com/yeats_meditations_in_time_of_civil_war.htm

Honorable mention to The Second Coming

RumChicken
RumChicken

AN IRISH AIRMAN FORESEES HIS DEATH

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 country 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 man, 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.

&

THE CLOTHS OF HEAVEN

Had I the heaven's 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;
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Fried_Sushi
Fried_Sushi

I balanced all, brought all to mind
very nice line

MPmaster
MPmaster

this one
youtube.com/watch?v=xfJfWfYC_m4

TalkBomber
TalkBomber

monkey balls

WebTool
WebTool

THE POET PLEADS WITH THE ELEMENTAL POWERS
THE Powers whose name and shape no living creature knows
Have pulled the Immortal Rose;
And though the Seven Lights bowed in their dance and wept,
The Polar Dragon slept,
His heavy rings uncoiled from glimmering deep to deep: When will he wake from sleep?

Great Powers of falling wave and wind and windy fire,
With your harmonious choir
Encircle her I love and sing her into peace,
That my old care may cease;
Unfold your flaming wings and cover out of sight
The nets of day and night.

Dim powers of drowsy thought, let her no longer be
Like the pale cup of the sea,
When winds have gathered and sun and moon burned dim
Above its cloudy rim;
But let a gentle silence wrought with music flow
Whither her footsteps go.

VisualMaster
VisualMaster

none because he's fucking shit

Raving_Cute
Raving_Cute

no u

WebTool
WebTool

Not sure if my favourite, but love this one, particularly the last few lines.

Although I can see him still—
The freckled man who goes
To a gray place on a hill
In gray Connemara clothes
At dawn to cast his flies—
It's long since I began
To call up to the eyes
This wise and simple man.
All day I'd looked in the face
What I had hoped it would be
To write for my own race
And the reality:
The living men that I hate,
The dead man that I loved,
The craven man in his seat,
The insolent unreproved—
And no knave brought to book
Who has won a drunken cheer—
The witty man and his joke
Aimed at the commonest ear,
The clever man who cries
The catch cries of the clown,
The beating down of the wise
And great Art beaten down.

Maybe a twelve-month since
Suddenly I began,
In scorn of this audience,
Imagining a man,
And his sun-freckled face
And gray Connemara cloth,
Climbing up to a place
Where stone is dark with froth,
And the down turn of his wrist
When the flies drop in the stream—
A man who does not exist,
A man who is but a dream;
And cried, “Before I am old
I shall have written him one
Poem maybe as cold
And passionate as the dawn.”

Snarelure
Snarelure

What is the rhyme scheme changing trick? It’s ABBA

VisualMaster
VisualMaster

they're the last four lines of a stanza that was 16 lines of ABAB, so that switch to ABBA to mimic the echo mentioned in the line "In clanging space a moment heard" is fucking brilliant

askme
askme

I always liked 'The Mother of God', because it made the immaculate conception and virgin birth seem like cosmic horror:

The threefold terror of love; a fallen flare
Through the hollow of an ear;
Wings beating about the room;
The terror of all terrors that I bore
The Heavens in my womb.

Had I not found content among the shows
Every common woman knows,
Chimney corner, garden walk,
Or rocky cistern where we tread the clothes
And gather all the talk?

What is this flesh I purchased with my pains,
This fallen star my milk sustains,
This love that makes my heart's blood stop
Or strikes a Sudden chill into my bones
And bids my hair stand up?

RavySnake
RavySnake

Down by the Salley Gardens is basically the ultimate friend zone poem.

Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.

In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.

FastChef
FastChef

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,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Fuzzy_Logic
Fuzzy_Logic

it made the immaculate conception and virgin birth seem like cosmic horror
This is why Irish Catholicism is so beautiful IMO. It quietly, quietly retains the pagan elements of old but in a coherent and harmonious system of order directed towards the Holy. The sublime traditionally associated beauty with HORROR--this is lost on many sterile and unimaginative writers today

Dreamworx
Dreamworx

good post

farquit
farquit

Heretic idolatry

idontknow
idontknow

Is there a best set of his collected works or do they all have everything? Is the everyman edition good?

Spamalot
Spamalot

This is the edition I have.
amazon.com/Collected-Poems-William-Butler-1996-09-09/dp/B017WQM7GO

I recommend it.

Soft_member
Soft_member

I love a lot of them, but one of my favourites is
RED HANRAHAN'S SONG ABOUT IRELAND

The old brown thorn-trees break in two high over Cummen Strand,
Under a bitter black wind that blows from the left hand;
Our courage breaks like an old tree in a black wind and dies,
But we have hidden in our hearts the flame out of the eyes
Of Cathleen, the daughter of Houlihan.

The wind has bundled up the clouds high over Knocknarea,
And thrown the thunder on the stones for all that Maeve can say.
Angers that are like noisy clouds have set our hearts abeat;
But we have all bent low and low and kissed the quiet feet
Of Cathleen, the daughter of Houlihan.

The yellow pool has overflowed high up on Clooth-na-Bare,
For the wet winds are blowing out of the clinging air;
Like heavy flooded waters our bodies and our blood;
But purer than a tall candle before the Holy Rood
Is Cathleen, the daughter of Houlihan.

Stark_Naked
Stark_Naked

Memory, Hither come

Memory, hither come,
And tune your merry notes;
And, while upon the wind,
Your music floats,
I'll pore upon the stream,
Where sighing lovers dream,
And fish for fancies as they pass
Within the watery glass.

I'll drink of the clear stream,
And hear the linnet's song;
And there I'll lie and dream
The day along:
And, when night comes, I'll go
To places fit for woe,
Walking along the darken'd valley,
With silent Melancholy.

Gigastrength
Gigastrength

No Second Troy

WHY should I blame her that she filled my days
With misery, or that she would of late
Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,
Or hurled the little streets upon the great.
Had they but courage equal to desire?
What could have made her peaceful with a mind
That nobleness made simple as a fire,
With beauty like a tightened bow, a kind
That is not natural in an age like this,
Being high and solitary and most stern?
Why, what could she have done, being what she is?
Was there another Troy for her to burn?

TreeEater
TreeEater

And, Adams Curse:

We sat together at one summer's end,
That beautiful mild woman, your close friend,
And you and I, and talked of poetry.
I said, "A line will take us hours maybe;
Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought,
Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.
Better go down upon your marrow-bones
And scrub a kitchen pavement, or break stones
Like an old pauper, in all kinds of weather;
For to articulate sweet sounds together
Is to work harder than all these, and yet
Be thought an idler by the noisy set
Of bankers, schoolmasters, and clergymen
The martyrs call the world."

And thereupon
That beautiful mild woman for whose sake
There's many a one shall find out all heartache
On finding that her voice is sweet and low
Replied, "To be born woman is to know--
Although they do not talk of it at school--
That we must labour to be beautiful."

I said, "It's certain there is no fine thing
Since Adam's fall but needs much labouring.
There have been lovers who thought love should be
So much compounded of high courtesy
That they would sigh and quote with learned looks
Precedents out of beautiful old books;
Yet now it seems an idle trade enough."

We sat grown quiet at the name of love;
We saw the last embers of daylight die,
And in the trembling blue-green of the sky
A moon, worn as if it had been a shell
Washed by time's waters as they rose and fell
About the stars and broke in days and years.

I had a thought for no one's but your ears:
That you were beautiful, and that I strove
To love you in the old high way of love;
That it had all seemed happy, and yet we'd grown
As weary-hearted as that hollow moon.

Deadlyinx
Deadlyinx

Is the everyman edition good?
Yes, very good

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