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.
William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
Contributed by: Zaady
Consume my heart away, sick with desire And fastened to a dying animal It knows not what it is, and gather me Into the artifice of eternity.
Source: The Tower, 1928. Sailing to Byzantium
What were all the world's alarms To mighty Paris when he found Sleep upon a golden bed That first dawn in Helen's arms?
Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. Lullaby
Some burn damp faggots, others may consume The entire combustible world in one small room.
Source: The Wild Swans at Coole 1919. In Memory of Major Robert Gregory, st. II
Players and painted stage took all my love, And not those things that they were emblems of.
Source: Last Poems,1936–1939, The Circus Animal’s Desertion, II, st. 3
If a poet interprets a poem of his own he limits its suggestibility.
Source: The Letters of W. B. Yeats
Much did I rage when young, Being by the world oppressed, But now with flattering tongue It speeds the parting guest.
Source: The Tower, 1928. Youth and Age
Red Rose, proud Rose, sad Rose of all my days! Come near me, while I sing the ancient ways.
Source: The Rose, 1893. To the Rose Upon the Rood of Time, st. I
The friends that have it I do wrong When ever I remake a song Should know what issue is at stake, It is myself that I remake.
Source: The Collected Works in Verse and Prose of William Butler Yeats, 1908, II, preliminary poem
When such as I cast out remorse So great a sweetness flows into the breast We must laugh and we must sing, We are blest by everything, Everything we look upon is blest.
Source: The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933;. A Dialogue of Self and Soul
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