A Man Young And Old: I. First Love

Though nurtured like the sailing moon
In beauty's murderous brood,
She walked awhile and blushed awhile
And on my pathway stood
Until I thought her body bore
A heart of flesh and blood.

But since I laid a hand thereon
And found a heart of stone
I have attempted many things
And not a thing is done,
For every hand is lunatic
That travels on the moon.

She smiled and that transfigured me
And left me but a lout,
Maundering here, and maundering there,
Emptier of thought
Than the heavenly circuit of its stars
When the moon sails out.

by William Butler Yeats

Comments (6)

Willy's slant rhymes are artfully doe.
fickle and unthoughtful return of love. Proves that love is often unrequited.
After a magical opening, Yeats describes La Belle Dame sans Merci who soaks up affection, offering nothing in return. The moon image is carried throughout the poem, and it works because it reflects the light of the sun. 'I have attempted many things/And not a thing is done' is a perfect expression of the stunning effect that love can have (I speak from experience!)
this is truly a classic!
In fact it is a very wonderful poem that is full of many different feeling.by describing the woman who love.
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