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William Butler Yeats: After Long Silence

Speech after long silence; it is right,
All other lovers being estranged or dead,
Unfriendly lamplight hid under its shade,
The curtains drawn upon unfriendly night,
That we descant and yet again descant
Upon the supreme theme of Art and Song:
Bodily decrepitude is wisdom; young
We loved each other and were ignorant. 


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William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of the Irish literary establishment, he helped to found the Abbey Theatre, and in his later years served two terms as a Senator of the Irish Free State. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival of the 20th century.

3 comments on “William Butler Yeats: After Long Silence

  1. Barbara Huntington
    January 28, 2022

    I’m feeling it today

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Leo
    January 28, 2022

    “Bodily decrepitude is wisdom” Amen!

    Liked by 3 people

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