(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven

HAD I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

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Well expressed thoughts and feelings. A beautiful work of art.
Yeats has brought out the contrasting images here. The rich-poor divide. The poem opens with the haughty richness indicated by the Cloths of Heaven” embroidered in gold and silver light. But then it turns out that it is just a dream. The poor has only dreams to spread before the world. So, ” tread softly” is the message to the rich, because, it is on the dreams of the poor that you, the rich, tread.... Very poignant write.
Ha! Lovely poem. The poems is on “his” desire for the cloths of heaven... The reader is taken on a fantastic ride in the gay abandon of the heavens. But, abruptly, he is rudely dropped back to earth: “ But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. “” The reader misses a heartbeat or two...
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