Amanda Barker

Henry got me with child,
Knowing that I could not bring forth life
Without losing my own.
In my youth therefore I entered the portals of dust.
Traveler, it is believed in the village where I lived
That Henry loved me with a husband's love,
But I proclaim from the dust
That he slew me to gratify his hatred.

by Edgar Lee Masters

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Yeat praises Edmund Burke, Oliver Goldsmith, George Berkeley (the Bishop of Cloyne) and Jonathan Swift in this poem. All of them wrote about the evils of oppression and being dispossessed; Berkeley and Swift in the Irish context (The Querist and A Modest Proposal) , Goldsmith in the context of the rich evicting the poor in The Deserted Village, and Burke on the widest canvas of all (India, the American colonies and Ireland) .- - - - http: //www.irishphilosophy.com/2013/07/29/the-seven-sages/