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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.
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William Butler Yeats Quotes Page 9

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The true faith discovered was When painted panel, statuary, Glass-mosaic, window-glass, Amended what was told awry By some peasant gospeler.
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Imagining in excited reverie That the future years had come, Dancing to a frenzied drum, Out of the murderous innocence of the sea.
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Odor of blood when Christ was slain Made all Platonic tolerance vain And vain all Doric discipline.
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I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
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Under bare Ben Bulben's head In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid.


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Irish poets, learn your trade, Sing whatever is well made.
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The Land of Faery, Where nobody gets old and godly and grave, Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise Where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue.
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It's certain there is no fine thing Since Adam's fall but needs much laboring.
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The night can sweat with terror as before We pieced our thoughts into philosophy, And planned to bring the world under a rule, Who are but weasels fighting in a hole.
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Locke sank into a swoon; The Garden died; God took the spinning-jenny Out of his side.

           

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