Yeats was the greatest poet of our times . . . certainly the greatest in this language, and so far as I am able to judge, in any language.
T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965)
Contributed by: Zaady
The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes.
Source: Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Neither fear nor courage saves us. Unnatural vices Are fathered by our heroism. Virtues Are forced upon us by our impudent crimes. These tears are shaken from the wrath-bearing tree.
Source: Gerontion, 1920
At the violet hour, when the eyes and back Turn upward from the desk, when the human engine waits Like a taxi throbbing waiting I Tiresias, though blind, throbbing between two lives.
Source: The Waste Land, 1922, The Fire Sermon
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.
Source: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, 1917
O the moon shone bright on Mrs. Porter And on her daughter They wash their feet in soda water.
Source: The Waste Land
Stand on the highest pavement of the stair- Lean on a garden urn- Weave, weave the sunlight in your hair.
Source: La Figlia Che Piange, 1917
Lady, three white leopards sat under a juniper tree.
Source: Ash-Wednesday, 1930
Because these wings are no longer wings to fly But merely vans to beat the air The air which is now thoroughly small and dry Smaller and dryer than the will Teach us to care and not to care Teach us to sit still.
A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.
Source: Journey of the Magi
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