William Butler Yeats

1865 - 1939

A Quote by William Butler Yeats on play and tragedy

All perform their tragic play, There struts Hamlet, there is Lear.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, Lapis Lazuli, st. 2.

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on dreams

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I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven (1899)

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on discovery and faith

The true faith discovered was When painted panel, statuary, Glass-mosaic, window-glass, Amended what was told awry By some peasant gospeler.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Tower, 1928. Wisdom

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on heart

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Homer is my example and his unchristened heart.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Vacillation, III

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on day and songs

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The unpurged images of day recede; The Emperor's drunken soldiery are abed; Night resonance recedes, night-walkers' song After great cathedral gong.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Byzantium

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

Unwearied still, lover by lover, They paddle in the cold Companionable streams or climb the air; Their hearts have not grown old.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. The Wild Swans at Coole, st. 4

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats

Lord, what would they say Did their Catullus walk that way?

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. The Scholars, st. 2

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on contentment, difficulty, heart, joy, and spontaneity

The fascination of what's difficult Has dried the sap out of my veins, and rent Spontaneous joy and natural content Out of my heart.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Green Helmet and Other Poems, 1910. The Fascination of What's Difficult

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on bitterness

The Land of Faery, Where nobody gets old and godly and grave, Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise Where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Land of Heart's Desire, 1894, l. 48

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on mountains and music

Down the mountain walls From where Pan's cavern is Intolerable music falls. Foul goat-head, brutal arm appear, Belly, shoulder, bum, Flash fishlike; nymphs and satyrs Copulate in the foam.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: Last Poems, 1936–1939, News for the Delphic Oracle

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