William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet, dramatist, writer and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and became a pillar of the Irish literary establishment who helped to found the Abbey Theatre. In his later years he served two terms as a Senator of the Irish Free State.
William Butler Yeats Quotes Page 8
Now that my ladder's gone, I must lie down where all the ladders start, In the foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart.
An intellectual hatred is the worst, So let her think opinions are accursed. Have I not seen the loveliest woman born Out of the mouth of Plenty's horn, Because of her opinionated mind Barter that horn and every good By quiet natures understood For an old bellows full of angry wind?
And pluck till time and times are done The silver apples of the moon The golden apples of the sun.
Fifteen apparitions have I seen; The worst a coat upon a coat-hanger.
Ecstasy is from the contemplation of things vaster than the individual and imperfectly seen perhaps, by all those that still live.
And I may dine at journey's end With Landor and with Donne.
All perform their tragic play, There struts Hamlet, there is Lear.
The fascination of what's difficult Has dried the sap out of my veins, and rent Spontaneous joy and natural content Out of my heart.
It's certain that fine women eat A crazy salad with their meat.
Nothing that we love overmuch Is ponderable to our touch.
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