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ON BEING ASKED FOR A WAR POEM, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I think it better that in times like these
Last Line: Or an old man upon a winter's night.
Alternate Author Name(s): Yeats, W. B.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


I THINK it better that in times like these
A poet's mouth be silent, for in truth
We have no gift to set a statesman right;
He has had enough of meddling who can please
A young girl in the indolence of her youth,
Or an old man upon a winter's night.





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