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Yeats, William Butler    Poet's Biography
Alternate Author Name(s): Yeats, W. B.
297 poems available by this author


A COAT    Poem Text    
First Line: I made my song a coat
Last Line: In walking naked.
Subject(s): Imagination; Poetry & Poets; Vision; Fancy


A CRADLE SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The angels are stooping [or, bending]
Last Line: When you have grown.
Subject(s): Children; Mothers; Childhood


A DEEP-SWORN VOW    Poem Text    
First Line: Others because you did not keep
Last Line: Suddenly I meet your face.
Subject(s): Promises


A DIALOGUE OF SELF AND SOUL    Poem Text    
First Line: I summon to the winding ancient stair
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision; Fancy


A DREAM OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamed that one had died in a strange place
Last Line: And heard the mournful breeze.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


A DREAM OF DEATH (VARIANT VERSION)    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamed that one had died in a strange place
Last Line: But now lies under boards.
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


A DRINKING SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Wine comes in at the mouth
Last Line: I look at you, and I sigh.
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Love


A DRUNKEN MAN'S PRAISE OF SOBRIETY    Poem Text    
First Line: Come swish around my petty punk
Subject(s): Alcohol & Alcoholics


A FAERY SONG, SUNG BY THE PEOPLE OF FAERY OVER DIARMUID    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: We who are old, old and gay
Last Line: If all were told.
Subject(s): Fairies; Legends, Irish; Elves


A FRIEND'S ILLNESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sickness brought me this
Last Line: Against a soul?
Subject(s): Friendship; Sickness; Illness


A FULL MOON IN MARCH    Poem Text    
First Line: What are we to do? What part do
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights; Dramatists


A MEDITATION IN TIME OF WAR    Poem Text    
First Line: For one throb of the artery
Last Line: Mankind inanimate phantasy.
Subject(s): War


A MEMORY OF YOUTH    Poem Text    
First Line: The moments passed as at a play
Last Line: Tore from the clouds his marvellous moon.
Subject(s): Youth


A POET TO HIS BELOVED    Poem Text    
First Line: I bring you with reverent hands
Last Line: I bring you my passionate rhyme.
Subject(s): Love; Poetry & Poets


A PRAYER FOR MY DAUGHTER    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Once more the storm is howling, and half hid
Last Line: And custom for the spreading laurel tree.
Subject(s): Beauty; Children; Daughters; Fathers & Daughters; Ireland; Life Change Events; Mothers; Parents; Poetry & Poets; Prayer; Women; Childhood; Irish; Parenthood


A PRAYER FOR MY SON    Poem Text    
First Line: Bid a strong ghost stand at the head
Subject(s): Fathers; Men; Poetry & Poets; Prayer


A PRAYER ON GOING INTO MY HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: God grant a blessing on this tower and cottage
Last Line: Manacle his soul upon the red sea bottom.
Subject(s): Blessings


A SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought no more was needed / youth to prolong
Last Line: That the heart grows old?
Subject(s): Hearts; Aging


A STICK OF INCENSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Whence did all that fury come?
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


A THOUGHT FROM PROPERTIUS    Poem Text    
First Line: She might, so noble from head
Last Line: Drunk with the unmixed wine.
Subject(s): Women; Beauty


A WOMAN HOMER SUNG    Poem Text    
First Line: If any man drew near
Last Line: But an heroic dream.
Subject(s): Homer (10th Century B.c.); Women


A WOMAN OLD AND YOUNG: 2. BEFORE THE WORLD WAS MADE    Poem Text    
First Line: If I make the lashes dark


A WOMAN OLD AND YOUNG: 3. A FIRST CONFESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: I admit the briar


A WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 1. FATHER AND CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: She hears me strike the board and say
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Love


A WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 4. HER TRIUMPH    Poem Text    
First Line: I did the dragon's will until you came
Subject(s): Love; Mythology


A WOMAN YOUNG AND OLD: 9. A LAST CONFESSION    Poem Text    
First Line: What lively lad most pleasured me
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


ADAM'S CURSE    Poem Text    
First Line: We sat together at one summer's end
Last Line: As weary-hearted as that hollow moon.
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Bible; Eve


AEDH THINKS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SPOKEN EVIL OF HIS BELOVED    Poem Text    
First Line: Half close your eyelids, loosen your hair
Last Line: Their children's children shall say they have lied.


AFTER LONG SILENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: Speech after long silence; it is right
Last Line: We loved each other and were ignorant.
Subject(s): Love; Silence


AGAINST UNWORTHY PRAISE    Poem Text    
First Line: O heart, be at peace, because
Last Line: Half lion, half child, is at peace.
Subject(s): Defamation; Peace


ALL SOULS' NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis all souls' night and the great christ church bell
Last Line: As mummies in the mummy-cloth are wound.
Subject(s): All Souls' Night; All Hallows Night


ALL SOULS' NIGHT; EPILOGUE TO 'A VISION'    Poem Text    
First Line: Midnight has come, and the great christ church bell
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision; Fancy


ALL THINGS CAN TEMPT ME    Poem Text    
First Line: All things can tempt me from this craft of verse
Last Line: Colder and dumber and deafer than a fish.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Temptation


AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I walk through the long schoolroom questioning
Subject(s): Children; Imagination; Schools; Vision; Childhood; Fancy; Students


AN ACRE OF GRASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Picture and book remain
Subject(s): Old Age


AN APPOINTMENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Being out of heart with government
Last Line: No government appointed him.
Subject(s): Freedom; Liberty


AN IMAGE FROM A PAST LIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Never until this night have I been stirred
Last Line: Of the hovering thing night brought me.
Subject(s): Youth; Past; Memory


AN INDIAN SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: O wanderer in the southern weather
Last Line: A vapory footfall on the ocean's sleepy blaze.
Subject(s): Nature


AN IRISH AIRMAN FORESEES HIS DEATH    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I know that I shall meet my fate
Last Line: In balance with this life, this death.
Subject(s): Air Warfare; Aviation & Aviators; Death; Freedom; Soldiers; War; World War I; Airplanes; Air Pilots; Dead, The; Liberty; First World War


ANASHUYA AND VIJAYA    Poem Text    
First Line: Send peace on all the lands and flickering corn
Last Line: Troubles his sleeping; give him dreams of me.
Subject(s): Jealousy


ANOTHER SONG OF A FOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: This great purple butterfly
Last Line: To take the roses for his meat.
Subject(s): Wisdom; Learning; Fools


ARE YOU CONTENT?    Poem Text    
First Line: I call on those that call me son
Subject(s): Old Age


AT GALWAY RACES (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: There where the course is
Last Line: That ride upon horses.
Subject(s): Horse Racing


AT GALWAY RACES (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Out yonder, where the race course is
Subject(s): Horse Racing


AT THE ABBEY THEATRE (IMITATED FROM RONSARD)    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear craoibhin aoibhin, look into our case
Last Line: But when they mock us, that we mock again?
Variant Title(s): At The Abbey Theatre
Subject(s): Abbey Theatre, Dublin


BAILE AND AILLINN    Poem Text    
First Line: I hardly hear the curlew cry
Last Line: Like them that are no more alive.
Subject(s): Death


BEGGAR TO BEGGAR CRIED    Poem Text    
First Line: Time to put off the world and go somewhere
Last Line: "the wind-blown clamour of the barnacle-geese."
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars


BROKEN DREAMS    Poem Text    
First Line: There is grey in your hair
Last Line: Vague memories, nothing but memories.
Subject(s): Aging; Beauty; Love - Erotic; Memory


BROWN PENNY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I whispered, 'I am too young'
Last Line: One cannot begin it too soon.
Variant Title(s): The Young Man's Song
Subject(s): Love - Beginnings; Youth


BYZANTIUM    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The unpurged images of day recede
Subject(s): Constantinople; Istambul; Byzantium


CHURCH AND STATE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here is fresh matter, poet, / matter for old age meet
Subject(s): Government; Religion; Theology


COME GATHER ROUND ME, PARNELLITES    Poem Text    


COOLE PARK, 1929    Poem Text    
First Line: I meditate upon a swallow's flight
Last Line: A moment's memory to that laurelled head
Subject(s): Coole, Ireland


CRAZY JANE TALKS WITH THE BISHOP    Poem Text    
First Line: I met the bishop on the road
Subject(s): Fools; Love; Men; Old Age; Women; Idiots


CUCHULAIN COMFORTED    Poem Text    
First Line: A man that had six mortal wounds, a man
Subject(s): Cuchulain; Immortality; Legends, Irish


CUCHULAIN'S FIGHT WITH THE SEA    Poem Text    
First Line: A man came slowly from the setting sun
Last Line: And fought with the invulnerable tide.
Subject(s): Cuchulain; Legends, Irish


DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: Nor dread nor hope attend
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


DEDICATION TO A BOOK OF STORIES SELECTED FROM THE IRISH NOVELISTS (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a green branch hung with many a bell
Last Line: And men who loved the cause that never dies.
Subject(s): Irish Fiction


DEDICATION TO A BOOK OF STORIES SELECTED FROM THE IRISH NOVELISTS (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a green branch hung with many a bell
Last Line: On munster grass and connemara skies.
Subject(s): Irish Fiction


DEIRDRE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a story right, my wanderers
Last Line: And letting no boy lover take the sway.
Subject(s): Mythology - Irish


DEMON AND BEAST    Poem Text    
First Line: For certain minutes at the least / that crafty demon and that loud beast
Last Line: What had the caesars but their thrones?
Subject(s): Demons


DOWN BY THE SALLEY GARDENS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Down by the salley gardens my love and I did meet
Last Line: But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.
Variant Title(s): An Old Song Resung;the Salley Gardens
Subject(s): Love; Youth


EASTER 1916    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I have met them at close of day
Last Line: A terrible beauty is born.
Subject(s): Easter; Holidays; Imagination; Ireland - Rebellions; Vision; Markiewicz, Constance Georgine, Countess; Goone, Maud (1866-1953); Socialism; The Resurrection; Fancy


EGO DOMINUS TUUS    Poem Text    
First Line: On the grey sand beside the shallow stream
Last Line: Would carry it away to blasphemous men.
Subject(s): Past; Writing & Writers


EPHEMERA    Poem Text    
First Line: Your eyes that once were never weary of mine
Last Line: "are love, and a continual farewell."
Subject(s): Eternity


FALLEN MAJESTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Although crowds gathered once if she but showed her face
Last Line: Whereon a thing once walked that seemed a burning cloud.
Subject(s): Royalty


FATHER GILLIGAN    Poem Text    
First Line: The old priest peter gilligan
Last Line: "asleep upon a chair."
Variant Title(s): The Ballad Of Father Gilligan
Subject(s): Clergy


FERGUS AND THE DRUID    Poem Text    
First Line: This whole day have I followed in the rocks
Last Line: Lay hidden in the small slate-coloured thing!
Subject(s): Druids


FOR ANNE GREGORY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Never shall a young man
Subject(s): Hair; Love


FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now must I these three praise
Last Line: I shake from head to foot.
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


GRATITUDE TO THE UNKOWN INSTRUCTIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: What they undertook to do
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


HANRAHAN LAMENTS BECAUSE OF HIS WANDERINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: O where is our mother of peace
Last Line: Under her purple hood.


HANRAHAN SPEAKS TO THE LOVERS OF HIS SONGS IN COMING DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: O colleens, kneeling by your altar rails long hence
Last Line: Amid the hovering, piteous, penitential throng.'


HE GIVES HIS BELOVED CERTAIN RHYMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Fasten your hair with a golden pin
Last Line: Live but to light your passing feet.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Gives His Beloved Certain Rhymes
Subject(s): Love


HE HEARS THE CRY OF THE SEDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I wander by the edge / of this desolate lake
Last Line: Of your beloved in sleep.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Hears The Cry Of The Sedge


HE MOURNS FOR THE CHANGE THAT HAS COME UPON HIM AND BELOVED    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Do you not hear me calling, white deer with no horns?
Last Line: And lay in the darkness, grunting, and turning to his rest.
Subject(s): Legends, Irish


HE REMEMBERS FORGOTTEN BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: When my arms wrap you round I press
Last Line: Brood her high lonely mysteries.
Variant Title(s): Michael Robartes Remembers Forgotten Beauty
Subject(s): Love


HE REPROVES THE CURLEW    Poem Text    
First Line: O curlew, cry no more in the air
Last Line: There is enough evil in the crying of wind.
Variant Title(s): Hanrahan Reproves The Curlew


HE TELLS OF A VALLEY FULL OF LOVERS    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamed that I stood in a valley, and amid sighs
Last Line: Till all the valleys of the world have been withered away.'
Subject(s): Women; Valleys


HE TELLS OF THE PERFECT BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: O cloud-pale eyelids, dream-dimmed eyes
Last Line: Before the unlabouring stars and you.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Tells Of The Perfect Beauty
Subject(s): Beauty; Love


HE THINKS OF HIS PAST GREATNESS WHEN A PART OF ... HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: I have drunk ale from the country of the young
Last Line: Cry of his love with their pitiful cries.
Variant Title(s): Mongan Thinks Of His Greatness
Subject(s): Death; Heaven; Memory


HE WISHES FOR THE CLOTHS OF HEAVEN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths
Last Line: Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven
Subject(s): Life Change Events; Love


HER PRAISE    Poem Text    
First Line: She is foremost of those that I would hear praise
Last Line: Among the poor both old and young gave her praise.
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Love


HIGH TALK    Poem Text    
First Line: Processions that lack high stilts have nothing that catches the eye.
Subject(s): Men


HIS DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: I swayed upon the gaudy stern
Last Line: By the sweet name of death.
Subject(s): Dreams; Death


HIS PHOENIX    Poem Text    
First Line: There is a queen in china, or maybe it's in spain
Last Line: I knew a phoenix in my youth, so let them have their day.
Subject(s): Beauty; Youth


HIS WISHES HIS BELOVED WERE DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Were you but lying cold and dead
Last Line: While lights were paling one by one.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Wishes His Beloved Were Dead
Subject(s): Forgiveness; Death


HOUND VOICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Because we love bare hills and stunted trees
Subject(s): Dogs; Voices; Relationships


I AM OF IRELAND    Poem Text     Recitation


IN MEMORY OF ALFRED POLLEXFEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Five and twenty years have gone
Last Line: And with that cry I have raised my cry.
Subject(s): Death


IN MEMORY OF EVA GORE-BOOTH AND CON MARKIEWICZ    Poem Text    
First Line: The light of evening, lissadell
Subject(s): Consolation; Gore-booth, Eva (1872-1926); Markiewicz, Constance Georgine, Countess; Mourning; Bereavement


IN MEMORY OF MAJOR ROBERT GREGORY    Poem Text    
First Line: Now that we're almost settled in our house
Last Line: Of that late death took all my heart for speech.
Subject(s): Consolation; Death; Gregory, Lady Isabella (1852-1932); Johnson, Lionel (1867-1902); Dead, The


IN THE SEVEN WOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: I have heard the pigeons of the seven woods
Last Line: A cloudy quiver over parc-na-lee.
Subject(s): Coole, Ireland


INTO THE TWILIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Outworn heart in a time outworn
Last Line: And hope is less dear than the dew of the morn.
Subject(s): Aging


JOHN KINSELLA'S LAMENT FOR MRS. MARY MOORE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A bloody and a sudden end
Subject(s): Abandonment; Mourning; Desertion; Bereavement


KING AND NO KING    Poem Text    
First Line: Would it were anything but merely voice!
Last Line: When neither soul nor body has been crossed.
Subject(s): Courts & Couriers; Loss


LAPIS LAZULI (FOR HENRY CLIFTON)    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I have heard that hysterical women say
Subject(s): Art & Artists; History; Imagination; Religion; Vision; Historians; Fancy; Theology


LEDA AND THE SWAN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A sudden blow [or, the great bird drops]; the great wings beating still
Variant Title(s): Leda
Subject(s): Birds; Imagination; Leda; Mythology - Classical; Seduction; Swans; Trojan War; Villains In Literature; Vision; Zeus; Fancy


LINES WRITTEN IN DEJECTION    Poem Text    
First Line: When have I last looked on
Last Line: I must endure the timid sun.
Subject(s): Aging


LONELY THE SEA-BIRD LIES AT HER REST    Poem Text    


LONG-LEGGED FLY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: That civilization may not sink
Subject(s): Civilization; Flies


LULLABY    Poem Text    
First Line: Beloved, may your sleep be sound
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Love


MAD AS THE MIST AND SNOW    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Bolt and bar the shutter
Subject(s): Men


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 1. ANCESTRAL HOUSES    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Surely among a rich man's flowering lawns
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 2. MY HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: An ancient bridge, and a more ancient tower
Variant Title(s): My House
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 3. MY TABLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Two heavy trestles, and a board
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 4. MY DESCENDANTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Having inherited a vigorous mind
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 5. THE ROAD AT MY DOOR    Poem Text    
First Line: An affable irregular, / a heavily built falstaffian man
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions; Soldiers


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 6. THE STARE'S NEST    Poem Text    
First Line: The bees build in the crevices
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


MEDITATIONS IN TIME OF CIVIL WAR: 7. I SEE PHANTOMS OF HATE    Poem Text    
First Line: I climb to the tower-top and lean upon broken stone
Subject(s): Freemasons; Hate; Ireland - Rebellions; Masonic Societies


MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: One had a lovely face
Last Line: Where the mountain hare has lain.
Subject(s): Love - Erotic; Imagination; Love; Vision; Fancy


MEN IMPROVE WITH THE YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: I am worn out with dreams
Last Line: Among the streams.
Subject(s): Aging; Men; Regret


MICHAEL ROBARTES AND THE DANCER    Poem Text    
First Line: Opinion is not worth a rush
Last Line: She. They say such different things at school.
Subject(s): Body, Human; Beauty; Women


MICHAEL ROBARTES BIDS HIS BELOVED BE AT PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: I hear the shadowy horses, their long manes a-shake
Last Line: And hiding their tossing manes and their tumultuous feet.
Variant Title(s): He Bids His Beloved Be At Peace
Subject(s): Horses; Peace; Rest


NEVER GIVE ALL THE HEART, FOR LOVE       


NEWS FOR THE DELPHIC ORACLE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: There all the golden codgers lay
Subject(s): Delphi, Oracle Of


NO SECOND TROY    Poem Text    
First Line: Why should I blame her that she filled my days
Last Line: Was there another troy for her to burn?
Subject(s): Beauty; Helen Of Troy; Love; Love - Complaints; Mythology - Classical; Troy; Women


O DO NOT LOVE TOO LONG    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweetheart, do not love too long: / I loved long and long
Last Line: Like an old song.


OLD MEMORY    Poem Text    
First Line: O thought, fly to her when the end of day
Last Line: That would be harsh for children that have strayed.
Subject(s): Memory; Old Age


ON A POLITICAL PRISONER    Poem Text    
First Line: She that but little patience knew
Last Line: Cried out the hollows of the sea.
Subject(s): Markiewicz, Constance Georgine, Countess; Socialism; Ire;and; England


ON BAILE'S STRAND    Poem Text    
First Line: What a clever man you are though you are blind!
Last Line: [they go out.
Subject(s): Ireland; Mythology - Celtic; Irish


ON BEING ASKED FOR A WAR POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I think it better that in times like these
Last Line: Or an old man upon a winter's night.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


ON HEARING THAT THE STUDENTS OF OUR NEW UNIVERSITY JOINED AGITATION ..    Poem Text    
First Line: Where, where but here have pride and truth
Last Line: Restraining reckless middle-age?
Subject(s): Youth


ON THOSE THAT HATED 'THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD'    Poem Text    
First Line: Once, when midnight smote the air
Last Line: Staring upon his sinewy thigh.
Subject(s): Synge, John Millington (1871-1909)


ON WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: May god be praised for woman / that gives up all her mind
Last Line: That sheba led a dance.
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Solomon (10th Century B.c.); Women; Theology


PARNELL    Poem Text    
First Line: Parnell came down the road, he said to a cheering man:
Subject(s): Parnell, Charles Stewart (1846-1891)


PARNELL'S FUNERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the great comedian's tomb the crowd
Subject(s): Funerals; Parnell, Charles Stewart (1846-1891); Burials


PAUDEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Indignant at the fumbling wits, the obscure spite
Last Line: A single soul that lacks a sweet crystalline cry.
Subject(s): Equalioty; God


PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, that time could touch a form
Last Line: Came when time had touched her form.
Subject(s): Peace


POLITICS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: How can I, that girl standing there
Subject(s): Love; Politics & Government


PRESENCES    Poem Text    
First Line: This night has been so strange that it seemed
Last Line: And one, it may be, a queen.
Subject(s): Women; Fear; Dreams


RECONCILIATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Some may have blamed you that you took away
Last Line: My barren thoughts have chilled me to the bone.
Subject(s): Despair; Reconciliation


RED HANRAHAN'S SONG ABOUT IRELAND    Poem Text    
First Line: The old brown thorn-trees break in two high over cummen strand
Last Line: Is cathleen, the daughter of houlihan.
Variant Title(s): The Song Of Red Hanrahan
Subject(s): Ireland; Irish


REPRISALS    Poem Text    
First Line: Some nineteen german planes, they say
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


RESPONSIBILITIES: PROLOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Pardon, old fathers, if you still remain
Last Line: Nothing but that to prove your blood and mine.
Subject(s): Books; Reading


ROGER CASEMENT (AFTER READING 'THE FORGED CASEMENT DIARIES')    Poem Text    
First Line: I say that roger casement / did what he had to do
Last Line: That is in quick-lime laid
Subject(s): Casement, Roger David (1864-1916); Nationalism - Ireland; Treason And Traitors


RUNNING TO PARADISE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: As I came over windy gap
Last Line: And there the king is but as the beggar.
Subject(s): Heaven; Paradise


SAILING TO BYZANTIUM    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: That is no country for old men. The young
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Birds; Constantinople; Death; Imagination; Immortality; Istanbul, Turkey; Men; Old Age; Poetry & Poets; Vision; Istambul; Byzantium; Dead, The; Fancy


SEPTEMBER 1913    Poem Text    
First Line: What need you, being come to sense
Last Line: They're with o'leary in the grave.
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions; O'leary, John (1830-1907); Patriotism


SHEPHERD AND GOATHERD    Poem Text    
First Line: That cry's from the first cuckoo of the year
Last Line: And children when they spring up shoulder-high.
Subject(s): Shepherds & Shepherdesses; Death


SIXTEEN DEAD MEN    Poem Text    
First Line: O but we talked at large before
Last Line: That converse bone to bone?
Subject(s): Ireland - Rebellions


SOLOMON AND THE WITCH    Poem Text    
First Line: And thus declared that arab lady
Last Line: "o! Solomon! Let us try again."
Subject(s): Solomon (10th Century B.c.)


SOLOMON TO SHEBA    Poem Text    
First Line: Sang solomon to sheba
Last Line: "the world a narrow pound."
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Solomon (10th Century B.c.)


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 1. RIBB AT THE TOMB OF BAILE AND AILLINN    Poem Text    
First Line: Because you have found me in the pitch-dark night
Subject(s): Old Age; Graves; Tombs; Tombstones


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 10. CONJUNCTIONS    Poem Text    
First Line: If jupiter and saturn meet,
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 11. A NEEDLE'S EYE    Poem Text    
First Line: All the stream that's roaring by
Subject(s): Time


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 12. MERU    Poem Text    
First Line: Civilisation is hooped together, brought
Subject(s): Civilization; Religion; Theology


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 2. RIBB DENOUNCES PATRICK    Poem Text    
First Line: An abstract greek absurdity has crazed the man --
Subject(s): Supernatural; Religion; Theology


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 3. RIBB IN ECSTASY    Poem Text    
First Line: What matter that you understood no word!
Subject(s): Happiness; Transience; Sex; Joy; Delight; Impermanence


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 4. THERE    Poem Text    
First Line: There all the barrel-hoops are knit
Last Line: There all the planets drop in the sun
Subject(s): Holidays; New Year


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 5. RIBH CONSIDERS CHRISTIAN LOVE IN SUFFICENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Why should I seek for love or study it?
Last Line: How can she live till in her blood he live!
Subject(s): Hate; Men


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 6. HE AND SHE    Poem Text    
First Line: As the moon sidles up
Subject(s): Soul


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 7. WHAT MAGIC DRUM?    Poem Text    
First Line: He holds him from desire, all but stops his breathing lest
Subject(s): Desire


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 8. WHENCE HAD THEY COME    Poem Text    
First Line: Eternity is passion, girl or boy
Subject(s): Love - Erotic


SUPERNATURAL SONGS: 9. THE FOUR AGES OF MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: He with body waged a fight,
Subject(s): God


SWIFT'S EPITAPH    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Swift has sailed into his rest
Subject(s): Swift, Jonathan (1667-1745)


THAT THE NIGHT COME    Poem Text    
First Line: She lived in storm and strife
Last Line: That the night come.
Subject(s): Death


THE ARROW    Poem Text    
First Line: I thought of your beauty, and this arrow
Last Line: I could weep that the old is out of season.
Subject(s): Beauty; Desire


THE BALLAD OF FATHER O'HART    Poem Text    
First Line: Good father o'hart / in penal days rode out
Last Line: Who dig old customs up.
Variant Title(s): The Priest Of Coloony
Subject(s): Death


THE BALLAD OF MOLL MAGEE    Poem Text    
First Line: Come round me, little childer
Last Line: And pity moll magee.
Subject(s): Misfortune; Poverty


THE BALLAD OF THE FOXHUNTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Now lay me in a cushioned chair
Last Line: The hounds wail for the dead.
Subject(s): Hunting; Hunters


THE BALLOON OF THE MIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Hands, do what you're bid
Last Line: Into its narrow shed.
Subject(s): Mind


THE BLESSED    Poem Text    
First Line: Cumhal called out, bending his head
Last Line: In twilights of dew and of fire.'
Subject(s): Prayer; Blessings


THE CAP AND BELLS    Poem Text    
First Line: The jester walked in the garden
Last Line: And the quiet of love in her feet.
Subject(s): Supernatural


THE CAT AND THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: The cat went here and there
Subject(s): Animals; Cats; Dancing & Dancers; Moon


THE CIRCUS ANIMALS' DESERTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I sought a theme and sought for it in vain
Subject(s): Animals; Death; Memory; Past; Poetry & Poets; Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939); Dead, The


THE CLOAK, THE BOAT, AND THE SHOES    Poem Text    
First Line: What do you make so fair and bright?
Last Line: "sudden and light."
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision; Fancy


THE COLD HEAVEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Suddenly I saw the cold and rook-delighting heaven
Last Line: By the injustice of the skies for punishment?
Subject(s): Death; Memory


THE COLLAR-BONE OF A HARE    Poem Text    
First Line: Would I could cast a sail on the water
Last Line: Through the white thin bone of a hare.
Subject(s): Animals; Rabbits; Hares


THE COMING OF WISDOM WITH TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Though leaves are many, the root is one
Last Line: Now I may wither into the truth.
Subject(s): Aging; Wisdom


THE COUNTESS CATHLEEN    Poem Text    
First Line: What can have made the grey hen flutter so?
Last Line: The darkness.
Subject(s): Ireland; Irish


THE COUNTESS CATHLEEN IN PARADISE    Poem Text    
First Line: All the heavy days are over
Last Line: Flame on flame and wing on wing.
Variant Title(s): A Dream Of A Blessed Spirit
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE DANCER AT CRUACHAN AND CRO-PATRICK    Poem Text    
First Line: I, proclaiming that there is
Last Line: Acclaiming, proclaming, declaiming him
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


THE DAWN    Poem Text    
First Line: I would be ignorant as the dawn
Last Line: Ignorant and wanton as the dawn.
Subject(s): Dawn; Ignorance


THE DEATH OF CUCHULAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: A man came slowly from the setting sun
Subject(s): Cuchulain; Legends, Irish


THE DOLLS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A doll in the doll-maker's house
Last Line: It was an accident.'
Subject(s): Dolls; Toys


THE DOUBLE VISION OF MICHAEL ROBARTES    Poem Text    
First Line: On the grey rock of cashel
Last Line: In cormac's ruined house.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Death


THE EVERLASTING VOICES    Poem Text    
First Line: O sweet everlasting voices, be still
Last Line: O sweet everlasting voices, be still.
Subject(s): Voices


THE FALLING OF THE LEAVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Autumn is over the long leaves that love us
Last Line: With a kiss and a tear on thy on thy drooping brow.
Subject(s): Autumn; Farewell


THE FASCINATION OF WHAT'S DIFFICULT       


THE FIDDLER OF DOONEY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: When I play on my fiddle in dooney
Last Line: And dance like a wave of the sea.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


THE FISH    Poem Text    
First Line: Although you hide in the ebb and flow
Last Line: And blame you with many bitter words.
Variant Title(s): Breasal The Fisherman
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing


THE FISHERMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Although I can see him still
Last Line: And passionate as the dawn.'
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


THE FOLLY OF BEING COMFORTED    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: One that is ever kind said yesterday
Last Line: You'd know the folly of being comforted.
Subject(s): Aging; Love


THE GREAT DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Hurrah for revolution and more cannon-shot!
Subject(s): Revolutions


THE GREY ROCK    Poem Text    
First Line: Poets with whom I learned my trade
Last Line: So that the wandering foot's content.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


THE HAPPY TOWNLAND    Poem Text    
First Line: There's many a strong farmer
Last Line: That is the world's bane.'
Variant Title(s): The Rider From The North
Subject(s): Future; Towns


THE HAWK    Poem Text    
First Line: Call down the hawk from the air
Last Line: A pretense of wit.'
Subject(s): Birds; Hawks


THE HEART OF THE WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: O what to me the little room
Last Line: My breath is mized into his breath.
Subject(s): Love; Women


THE HOST OF THE AIR    Poem Text    
First Line: O'driscoll drove with a song
Last Line: And never was piping so gay.
Variant Title(s): The Folk Of The Air
Subject(s): Infidelity; Dreams


THE HOSTING OF THE SIDHE    Poem Text    
First Line: The host is riding from knocknarea
Last Line: And niamh calling away, come away.
Subject(s): Legends, Irish


THE HOUR BEFORE DAWN (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: A cursing rogue with a merry face
Last Line: The clouds were brightening with the dawn.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Begging & Beggars


THE INDIAN TO HIS LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The island dreams under the dawn
Last Line: With vapoury footsole among the water's drowsy blaze.
Subject(s): Nature; Passion


THE INDIAN UPON GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: I passed along the water's edge below the humid trees
Last Line: His languid tail above us, lit wth myriad spots of light.
Subject(s): God; Hinduism; Religion; Theology


THE ISLAND OF SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Fled foam underneath us and round us, a wandering and milky smoke
Last Line: In a long iron sleep, as a fish in the water goes dumb as a stone.
Subject(s): Sleep


THE KING'S THRESHOLD    Poem Text    
First Line: I welcome you that have the mastery
Last Line: The end
Subject(s): Mythology - Celtic


THE LAKE ISLE OF INNISFREE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I will arise and go now, and go to innisfree
Last Line: I hear it in the deep heart's core.
Subject(s): Contentment; Country Life; Imagination; Inland Waters; Innisfree, Ireland; Islands; Lakes; Life Change Events; Nature; Sligo, County (Ireland); Solitude; Vision; Fancy; Pools; Ponds; Loneliness


THE LAMENTATION OF THE OLD PENSIONER (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: I had a chair at every hearth
Last Line: And the fret lies on me.
Subject(s): Old Age; Retirement


THE LAMENTATION OF THE OLD PENSIONER (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: Although I shelter from the rain
Last Line: That has transfigured me.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Old Age; Retirement; Work; Workers


THE LAND OF HEART'S DESIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I bid her clean the pots for supper
Last Line: The lonely of heart is withered away.')
Subject(s): Fairies; Elves


THE LEADERS OF THE CROWD    Poem Text    
First Line: They must to keep their certainty accuse
Last Line: And heartier loves; that lamp is from the tomb.
Subject(s): Trfuth


THE LIVING BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: I bade, because the wick and oil are spent
Last Line: We cannot pay its tribute of wild tears.
Subject(s): Aging; Beauty


THE LOVER ASKS FORGIVENESS BECAUSE OF HIS MANY MOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: If this importunate heart trouble your peace
Last Line: The odorous twilight there.
Variant Title(s): Michael Robartes Asks Forgiveness Because Of His Many Moods
Subject(s): Moods; Forgiveness


THE LOVER MOURNS FOR THE LOSS OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Pale brows, still hands and dim hair
Last Line: She has gone weeping away.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Laments The Loss Of Love
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


THE LOVER PLEADS WITH HIS FRIENDS FOR OLD FRIENDS    Poem Text    
First Line: Though you are in your shining days
Last Line: For all eyes but these eyes.
Variant Title(s): The Poet Pleads With His Friend For Old Friends
Subject(s): Friendship


THE LOVER TELLS OF THE ROSE IN HIS HEART    Poem Text    
First Line: All things uncomely and broken, all things worn out and old
Last Line: My heart.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Tells Of The Rose In His Heart
Subject(s): Roses; Dreams


THE MADNESS OF KING GOLL    Poem Text    
First Line: I sat on cushioned otter skin
Last Line: Old.
Subject(s): Wandering & Wanderers; Courts & Couriers; Music & Musicians


THE MAGI    Poem Text    
First Line: Now as at all times I can see in the mind's eye
Last Line: The uncontrollable mystery on the bestial floor.
Subject(s): Bible; Christmas; Magi; Religion; Nativity, The; Theology


THE MAN WHO DREAMED OF FAERYLAND    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: He stood among a crowd at drumahair
Last Line: The man has found no comfort in the grave.
Subject(s): Ireland; Irish


THE MASK    Poem Text    
First Line: Put off that mask of burning gold
Last Line: In you, in me?'
Variant Title(s): A Lyric From An Unpublished Play
Subject(s): Masks


THE MEDITATION OF THE OLD FISHERMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: You waves, though you dance by my feet like children at play
Last Line: When I was a boy with never a crack in my heart.
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Anglers


THE MOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: Time drops in decay
Last Line: Has fallen away?
Subject(s): Time; Transcience


THE MOTHER OF GOD    Poem Text    
First Line: The threefold terror of love; a fallen flare
Subject(s): Bible; Christmas; Religion; Nativity, The; Theology


THE MOUNTAIN TOMB    Poem Text    
First Line: Pour wine and dance if manhood still have pride
Last Line: Our father rosicross sleeps in his tomb.
Subject(s): Parties; Funerals; Death


THE MOUNTAIN TOMB: 1. TO A CHILD DANCING IN THE WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Dance there upon the shore
Last Line: The monstrous crying of wind?
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


THE MUNICIPAL GALLEY REVISITED    Poem Text    
First Line: Around me the images of thirty years
Subject(s): Museums; Art Gallerys


THE OLD AGE OF QUEEN MAEVE    Poem Text    
First Line: A certain poet in outlandish clothes
Last Line: A murmur of soft words and meeting lips.
Subject(s): Women Old Age; Courts & Couriers


THE OLD MEN ADMIRING THEMSELVES IN THE WATER    Poem Text    
First Line: I heard the old, old men say
Last Line: Like the waters.'
Subject(s): Imagination; Time; Vision; Fancy


THE PEACOCK    Poem Text    
First Line: What's riches to him
Last Line: For the pride of his eye.
Variant Title(s): The Peacock
Subject(s): Pride; Contentment


THE PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: What have I earned for all that work,' I said
Last Line: After nine years, I sink my head abashed.
Subject(s): Memory; Regret


THE PHASES OF THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: An old man cocked his ear upon a bridge
Last Line: The light in the tower window was put out.
Subject(s): Moon


THE PILGRIM    Poem Text    
First Line: I fasted for some forty days on bread and buttermilk
Subject(s): Pilgrimages & Pilgrims


THE PITY OF LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: A pity beyond all telling
Last Line: Threaten the head that I love.
Subject(s): Love; Love - Complaints


THE PLAYERS ASK FOR A BLESSING ON THE PSALTERIES AND ON THEMSELVES    Poem Text    
First Line: Hurry to bless the hands that play
Last Line: But bless our hands that ebb away.
Subject(s): Musical Instruments


THE POET PLEADS WITH THE ELEMENTAL POWERS    Poem Text    
First Line: The powers whose name and shape no living creature knows
Last Line: Whither her footsteps go.
Variant Title(s): Aedh Pleads With The Elemental Powers
Subject(s): Power


THE RAGGED WOOD    Poem Text    
First Line: O hurry where by water among the trees
Last Line: No one has ever loved but you and I.
Subject(s): Love


THE REALISTS    Poem Text    
First Line: Hope that you may understand!
Last Line: With the dragons?
Subject(s): Reality


THE ROSE OF BATTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Rose of all roses, rose of all the world!
Last Line: Of our sad hearts, that may not live nor die.
Variant Title(s): They Went Forth To The Battle
Subject(s): War


THE ROSE OF PEACE    Poem Text    
First Line: If michael, leader of god's host
Last Line: A peace of heaven with hell.
Subject(s): Peace


THE ROSE OF THE WORLD    Poem Text    
First Line: Who dreamed that beauty passes like a dream?
Last Line: Before her wandering feet.
Subject(s): Creation; Dreams; God


THE ROSE TREE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: O words are lightly spoken
Last Line: "can make a right rose tree."
Subject(s): Connolly, James (1868-1916); Flowers; Freedom; Pearse, Patrick Henry (1879-1916); Roses; Liberty


THE SAD SHEPHERD    Poem Text    
First Line: There was a man whom sorrow named his friend
Last Line: Among her wildering whirls, forgetting him.
Subject(s): Grief; Sea; Sorrow; Sadness; Ocean


THE SAINT AND THE HUNCHBACK    Poem Text    
First Line: Stand up and lift your hand and bless
Last Line: But most to alcibiades.
Subject(s): Hunchbacks


THE SCHOLARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Bald heads forgetful of their sins
Last Line: Did their catullus walk that way?
Subject(s): Scholarship & Scholars


THE SECOND COMING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Turning and turning in the widening gyre
Last Line: Slouches towards bethlehem to be born?
Subject(s): Bible; Birds; Chaos; Easter; History; Holidays; Imagination; Judgment Day; Men; Millenium; Religion; Vision; War; The Resurrection; Historians; Fancy; End Of The World; Doomsday; Fall Of Man; Theology


THE SECRET ROSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Far off, most, secret, and inviolate rose
Last Line: Far off, most secret, and inviolate rose?
Subject(s): Guests; Secrets; Roses; Beauty


THE SHADOWY WATERS: A DRAMATIC POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Has he not led us into these waste seas
Last Line: That have had dreams for father, live in us.
Subject(s): Legends, Celtic


THE SHADOWY WATERS: INTRODUCTORY LINES    Poem Text    
First Line: I walked among the seven woods of coole
Last Line: September 1900
Subject(s): Coole, Ireland


THE SHADOWY WATERS: THE HARP OF AENGUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Edain came out of midhir's hill, and lay
Last Line: But faithful lovers.
Subject(s): Mythology Irish


THE SONG OF THE HAPPY SHEPHERD    Poem Text    
First Line: The woods of arcady are dead
Last Line: Dream, dream, for this is also sooth.
Subject(s): Language; Truth; Shepherds & Shepherdesses


THE SONG OF THE OLD MOTHER    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: I rise in the dawn, and I kneel and blow
Last Line: And the seed of the fire gets feeble and cold.
Subject(s): Home; Mothers


THE SONG OF WANDERING AENGUS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: I went out to the hazel wood
Last Line: The golden apples of the sun.
Subject(s): Fairies; Imagination; Men; Supernatural; Vision; Witchcraft & Witches; Elves; Fancy


THE SORROW OF LOVE (1)    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The quarrel of the sparrows in the eaves
Last Line: Are shaken with earth's old and weary cry.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of


THE SORROW OF LOVE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: The brawling of a sparrow in the eaves
Last Line: No occasion to.
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


THE SPUR    Poem Text    
First Line: You think it is horrible that lust and rage
Subject(s): Old Age; Lust; Anger


THE STATESMAN'S HOLIDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: I lived among great houses
Subject(s): Statesmen


THE STOLEN CHILD    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Where dips the rocky highland
Last Line: From a world more full of weeping than he can understand.
Subject(s): Fairies; Supernatural; Elves


THE THREE BEGGARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Though to my feather in the wet
Last Line: If but I do not seem to care.'
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars


THE THREE HERMITS    Poem Text    
First Line: Three old hermits took the air
Last Line: Sang unnoticed like a bird.
Subject(s): Hermits; Imagination; Mortality; Old Age; Vision; Fancy


THE TOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: What shall I do with this absurdity
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision; Fancy


THE TRAVAIL OF PASSION    Poem Text    
First Line: When the flaming lute-thronged angelic door is wide
Last Line: Lilies of death-pale hope, roses of passionate dream.
Subject(s): Passion


THE TWO KINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: King eochaid came at sundown to a wood
Last Line: And bade all welcome, being ignorant.
Subject(s): Courts & Couriers


THE TWO TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: Beloved, gaze in thine own heart
Last Line: Gaze no more in the bitter glass.
Subject(s): Trees


THE UNAPPEASABLE HOST    Poem Text    
First Line: The danaan children laugh, in cradles of wrought gold
Last Line: Is comelier than candles at mother mary's feet.
Variant Title(s): A Cradle Song
Subject(s): Danae; God


THE VALLEY OF THE BLACK PIG    Poem Text    
First Line: The dews drop slowly and dreams gather: unknown spears
Last Line: Master of the still stars and of the flaming door.
Subject(s): War


THE WANDERINGS OF OISIN    Poem Text    
First Line: You who are bent, and bald, and blind
Last Line: And dwell in the house of the fenians, be they in flames or at feast.
Subject(s): Aging


THE WHITE BIRDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I would that we were, my beloved, white birds on the foam of the sea!
Last Line: The sea!
Subject(s): Birds


THE WICKED HAWTHORN TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: O, but I saw a solemn sight
Subject(s): Supernatural


THE WILD OLD WICKED MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Because I am mad about women
Subject(s): Men; Old Age; Passion


THE WILD SWANS AT COOLE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The trees are in their autumn beauty
Last Line: To find they have flown away?
Subject(s): Aging; Birds; Coole, Ireland; Imagination; Swans; Vision; Fancy


THE WITCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Toil and grow rich
Last Line: With despair?
Subject(s): Greed; Wealth


THE WITHERING OF THE BOUGHS    Poem Text    
First Line: I cried when the moon was murmuring to the birds
Last Line: The boughs have withered because I have told them my dreams.
Subject(s): Winter; Dreams


THESE ARE THE CLOUDS ABOUT THE FALLEN SUN    Poem Text    
Last Line: The majesty that shuts his burning eye.
Subject(s): Clouds


TO A CHILD DANCING IN THE WIND: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Has no one said those daring / kind eyes should be more learned?
Last Line: And I speak a barbarous tongue.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


TO A FRIEND WHOSE WORK HAS COME TO NOTHING    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Now all the truth is out
Last Line: That is most difficult.
Subject(s): Failure


TO A POET, WHO WOULD HAVE ME PRAISE CERTAIN BAD POETS, IMITATORS ...    Poem Text    
First Line: You say, as I have often given tongue
Last Line: But was there ever dog that praised his fleas?
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


TO A SHADE    Poem Text    
First Line: If you have revisited the town, thin shade
Last Line: Away, away! You are safer in the tomb.
Subject(s): Ghosts; Ireland - Rebellions; Parnell, Charles Stewart (1846-1891); Supernatural


TO A SQUIRREL AT KYLE-NA-NO    Poem Text    
First Line: Come play with me
Last Line: And let you go.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Squirrels


TO A WEALTHY MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: You gave, but will not give again
Last Line: But the right twigs for an eagle's nest!
Subject(s): Museums; Wealth; Art Gallerys; Riches; Fortunes


TO A YOUNG BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Dear fellow-artist, why so free / with every sort of company
Last Line: With landor and with donne.
Subject(s): Beauty; Friendship - Selectivity


TO A YOUNG GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear, my dear, I know / more than another
Last Line: And glittered in her eyes.


TO AN ISLE IN THE WATER    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Shy one, shy one
Last Line: With her would I fly.
Subject(s): Love


TO BE CARVED ON A STONE AT THOOR BALLYLEE (1)    Poem Text    
First Line: I, the poet william yeats
Last Line: When all is ruin once again.
Subject(s): Ireland; Poetry & Poets; Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939); Irish


TO BE CARVED ON A STONE AT THOOR BALLYLEE (2)    Poem Text    
First Line: I, the poet william yeats
Subject(s): Ireland; Poetry & Poets; Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939); Irish


TO HIS HEART, BIDDING IT HAVE NO FEAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Be you still, be you still, trembling heart
Last Line: With the proud, majestical multitude.
Variant Title(s): To My Heart, Bidding It Have No Fear
Subject(s): Fear; Hearts


TO IRELAND IN THE COMING TIMES    Poem Text    
First Line: Know, that I would accounted be
Last Line: After the red-rose-bordered hem.
Variant Title(s): Apologia Addressed To Ireland In The Coming Days
Subject(s): Ireland; Irish


TO SOME I HAVE TALKED WITH BY THE FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: While I wrought out these fitful danaan rhymes
Last Line: Of their long wings, the flash of their white feet.
Subject(s): Life; Conversation


TO THE ROSE UPON THE ROOD OF TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: Red rose, proud rose, sad rose of all my days!
Last Line: Red rose, proud rose, sad rose of all my days.
Subject(s): Flowers; Ireland; Legends, Irish; Roses; Irish


TOM O'ROUGHLEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Though logic-choppers rule the town
Last Line: "I'd dance a measure on his grave."
Subject(s): Friendship


TOM THE LUNATIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Sand old tom the lunatic
Subject(s): Insanity; Madness; Mental Illness


TOWARDS BREAK OF DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Was it the double of my dream
Last Line: From mountain steep to steep.
Subject(s): Dreams


TWO SONGS FROM A PLAY ('THE RESURRECTION'): 2    Poem Text    
First Line: In pity for man's darkening thought
Subject(s): Jesus Christ; Resurrection, The


TWO SONGS OF A FOOL: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: A speckled cat and a tame hare
Last Line: My great responsibilities?
Subject(s): Fools; Pets; Idiots


TWO SONGS OF A FOOL: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: I slept on my three-legged stool by the fire
Last Line: The horn's sweet note and the tooth of the hound.
Subject(s): Fools; Pets; Idiots


UNDER BEN BULBEN    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Swear by what the sages spoke
Subject(s): Imagination; Vision; Fancy


UNDER SATURN    Poem Text    
First Line: Do not because this day I have grown saturnine
Last Line: November 1919
Subject(s): Home; Promises; Writing & Writers


UNDER THE MOON    Poem Text    
First Line: I have no happiness in dreaming of brycelinde
Last Line: Even in an old story, is a burden not to be borne.


UNDER THE ROUND TOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: Although I'd lie lapped up in linen
Last Line: On great-grandfather's battered tomb.'
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Dreams


UPON A DYING LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: With the old kindness, the old distinguished grace
Last Line: It is about to die.
Subject(s): Christmas Trees; Courage; Death; Dolls; Toys; Valor; Bravery; Dead, The


UPON A HOUSE SHAKEN BY THE LAND AGITATION    Poem Text    
First Line: How should the world be luckier if this house
Last Line: Wrought of high laughter, loveliness and ease?
Variant Title(s): Upon A Threatened House
Subject(s): Ireland Rebellions


WHAT WAS LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: I sing what was lost and dread what was won
Subject(s): War


WHEN HELEN LIVED    Poem Text    
First Line: We have cried in our despair / that men desert
Last Line: A word and a jest.
Subject(s): Helen Of Troy; Mythology - Classical


WHEN YOU ARE OLD    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When you are old and grey and full of sleep
Last Line: And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
Variant Title(s): Sonnet To Helen: 1
Subject(s): Desire; Loss; Love; Memory; Old Age


WHERE MY BOOKS GO    Poem Text    
First Line: All the words that I utter
Last Line: Storm-darken'd or starry bright.
Subject(s): Books; Writing & Writers; Reading


WHILE I, FROM THAT RED-THROATED WHISPERER    Poem Text    
First Line: While I, from that reed-throated whisperer
Last Line: Are but a post the passing dogs defile.
Subject(s): Fame


WHO GOES WITH FERGUS?    Poem Text    
First Line: Who will go drive with fergus now
Last Line: And all dishevelled wandering stars.
Subject(s): Youth; Fear


WORDS    Poem Text    
First Line: I had this thought a while ago
Last Line: And been content to live.
Variant Title(s): The Consolation
Subject(s): Language; Sympathy