William Butler Yeats Quotes

Too long a sacrifice Can make a stone of the heart. O when may it suffice?
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. Easter 1916, st. 4, Michael Robartes and the Dancer (1920).
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yet it seems Life scarce can cast a fragrance on the wind, Scarce spread a glory to the morning beams, But the torn petals strew the garden plot; And there's but common greenness after that.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "IV. My Descendants."
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For men were born to pray and save: Romantic Ireland's dead and gone, It's with O'Leary in the grave.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. September 1913 (l. 6-8). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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"What tumbling cloud did you cleave, Yellow-eyed hawk of the mind, Last evening? that I, who had sat Dumbfounded before a knave, Should give to my friend A pretence of wit."
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Hawk."
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Now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. The Second Coming, st. 2, Michael Robartes and the Dancer (1921).
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When every Sunday afternoon On the Green Lands I walk And wear a coat in fashion, Memories of the talk Of hen wives and of queer old men Brace me and make me strong....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Three Songs to the One Burden."
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A symbol is indeed the only possible expression of some invisible essence, a transparent lamp about a spiritual flame; while allegory is one of many possible representations of an embodied thing, or familiar principle, and belongs to fancy and not to imagination: the one is a revelation, the other an amusement.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. (Originally published 1897). "William Blake and His Illustrations to The Divine Comedy," Essays and Introductions, Macmillan (1961).
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—the children's eyes In momentary wonder stare upon A sixty-year-old smiling public man.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Among School Children (l. 6-8). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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Hearts with one purpose alone Through summer and winter seem Enchanted to a stone To trouble the living stream.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Easter 1916 (l. 41-44). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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He with body waged a fight, But body won; it walks upright.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "IX. The Four Ages of Man."
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