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,

by William Butler Yeats Click to read full poem

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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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Yeats words, heavy and true. A legend of poetry Mr. Yeats.
The poem ends with a prayer not to tread hard on the dreams. The contrasting dreams and the poverty are left to the God to decide upon as to which one is to prevail.
I believed that I had heard of a slightly different quote: ...but I, being poor, have only my dreams. I spread my dreams beneath your feet, tread softly, lest you tread on my dreams. Do you have any info on this version?
Absolutely beautiful! Warms the heart...very touching
Oh wow rocking my legs, thought and dreams
A wonderful poet❣️
OMG that was my first Yeates poem, mind blowing. Pure GENIUS
Conductor Of The HEXHAM Male Voice Choir in U.K.we had a lovely arrangement of Cloths Of Heave
This poem was also quoted by Anthony Hopkins in the film 84 Charing Cross Road. It was haunting and beautiful. Hearing him recite the words with that smooth velvet voice of his lead to my learning the poem by heart and making it my favourite of all time. The poem is short, but oh so sweet.
Very true a poor can only dream big and get none yet win all.
Beautiful work... the dreams of the poor man are his riches
HE wishes for the cloths of heaven, not SHE wishes. Inappropriate reader and poorly read into the bargain!
W.B.Yeats, old and young give him praise.
So great the poem is!