William Butler Yeats Quotes

Maybe the bride-bed brings despair, For each an imagined image brings And finds a real image there....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Solomon and the Witch."
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The dancers crowded about him And many a sweet thing said, And a young man brought him red wine And a young girl white bread.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Host of the Air."
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I, too, await The hour of thy great wind of love and hate. When shall the stars be blown about the sky, Like the sparks blown out of a smithy, and die?
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Secret Rose."
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Be secret and exult, Because of all things known That is most difficult.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing (l. 14-16). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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Such body lovers have, Such exacting breath, That they touch or sigh. Every touch they give, Love is nearer death.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "X. Her Anxiety."
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See how the sacred old flamingoes come, Painting with shadow all the marble steps: Aged and wise, they seek their wonted perches Within the temple, devious walking, made To wander by their melancholy minds.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Anashuya and Vijaya."
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For those that love the world serve it in action, Grow rich, popular and full of influence, And should they paint or write, still it is action: The struggle of the fly in marmalade.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Ego Dominus Tuus."
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No expectation fails there, No pleasing habit ends, No man grows old, no girl grows cold, But friends walk by friends.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. John Kinsella's Lament for Mrs. Mary Moore (l. 29-32). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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Who understood Whatever has been said, sighed, sung, Howled, miau-d, barked, brayed, belled, yelled, cried, crowed ...
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Solomon and the Witch."
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He bore her away in his arms, The handsomest young man there, And his neck and his breast and his arms Were drowned in her long dim hair.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Host of the Air."
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