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

The Great Day

HURRAH for revolution and more cannon-shot!
A beggar upon horseback lashes a beggar on foot.
Hurrah for revolution and cannon come again!
The beggars have changed places, but the lash goes on.

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Another satirical poem by Yeats. Political satire. Interprets what revolutions are worth. He writes that every citizen is a beggar. The beggar who sides with those who won in the revolution lashed out at those who are not. It is that simple.