Fifteen apparitions have I seen; The worst a coat upon a coat-hanger.
William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Source: Last Poems,1936–1939, The Apparitions, refrain
Contributed by: Zaady
And pluck till time and times are done The silver apples of the moon The golden apples of the sun.
Source: The Wind Among the Reeds, 1899, The Song of Wandering, Aengus, st.
Art bids us touch and taste and hear and see the world, and shrinks from what Blake calls mathematic form, from every abstract form, from all that is of the brain only.
Source: The Cutting of an Agate, 1912.
If there's no hatred in a mind Assault and battery of the wind Can never tear the linnet from the leaf
Source: Michael Robartes and the Dancer , 1921. A Prayer for My Daughter
At midnight on the Emperor's pavement flit Flames that no faggot feeds, nor steel has lit.
Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Byzantium
I heard the old, old men say "All that's beautiful drifts away Like the waters."
Source: the Seven Woods, 1904. The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water
A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.
Source: Adam's Curse.
A pity beyond all telling Is hid in the heart of love.
Source: The Rose, 1893. The Pity of Love
I have read somewhere that in the Emperor's palace at Byzantium was a tree made of gold and silver, and artificial birds that sang.
Source: YEATS'S note
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.
Source: the Seven Woods, 1904. Adam's Curse, st. I
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