William Butler Yeats Quotes

When a man grows old his joy Grows more deep day after day, His empty heart is full at length But he has need of all that strength Because of the increasing Night That opens her mystery and fright.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Apparitions."
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I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray, I hear it in the deep heart's core.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. The Lake Isle of Innisfree (l. 8-9). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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Women are hard and proud and stubborn-hearted, Their heads being turned with praise and flattery; And that is why their lovers are afraid To tell them a plain story.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Shadowy Waters."
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Dear fellow-artist, why so free With every sort of company, With every Jack and Jill? Choose your companions from the best; Who draws a bucket with the rest Soon topples down the hill.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "To a Young Beauty."
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man's life is thought, And he, despite his terror, cannot cease Ravening through century after century, Ravening, raging, and uprooting that he may come Into the desolation of reality....
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "XII. Meru."
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White woman with numberless dreams, I bring you my passionate rhyme.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "A Poet to His Beloved."
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Although crowds gathered once if she but showed her face, And even old men's eyes grew dim, this hand alone, Like some last courtier at a gypsy camping-place Babbling of fallen majesty, records what's gone.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "Fallen Majesty."
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A shudder in the loins engenders there The broken wall, the burning roof and tower
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. Leda and the Swan (l. 9-10). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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I can sit up half the night With some friend that has the wit Not to allow his looks to tell When I am unintelligible. Fifteen apparitions have I seen; The worst a coat upon a coat-hanger.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet, playwright. "The Apparitions."
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I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree, And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made: Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee, And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish poet. The Lake Isle of Innisfree (l. 1-4). . . The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Richard J. Finneran, ed. (1989) Macmillan.
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