William Butler Yeats Quotes

Fergus rules the brazen cars, And rules the shadows of the wood, And the white breast of the dim sea And all dishevelled wandering stars.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Who Goes with Fergus? (L. 9-12). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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O chestnut-tree, great-rooted blossomer, Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole? O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance?
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Among School Children (l. 61-64). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet; She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet. She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree; But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Down by the Salley Gardens (l. 1-4). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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And what if my descendants lose the flower Through natural declension of the soul, Through too much business with the passing hour, Through too much play, or marriage with a fool?
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "IV. My Descendants."
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Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre, And be the singing-masters of my soul.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Sailing to Byzantium (l. 19-20). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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and wove seven strings, Sweet with all music, out of his long hair, Because her hands had been made wild by love.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Harp of Aengus."
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Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. The Second Coming (l. 1-4). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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Shakespearean fish swam the sea, far away from land; Romantic fish swam in nets coming to the hand....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Three Movements."
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Who will go drive with Fergus now, And pierce the deep wood's woven shade, And dance upon the level shore?
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Who Goes with Fergus? (L. 1-3). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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Both nuns and mothers worship images, But those the candles light are not as those That animate a mother's reveries, But keep a marble or a bronze repose.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Among School Children (l. 49-52). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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