Thursday, March 14, 2019

Book Beginning: The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats



The woods of Arcady are dead,
And over is their antique joy
Of old the world on dreaming fed;
Grey Truth is now her Painted toy;

-- from "The Song of the Happy Shepherd," the first poem in The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats. Since we are heading into St. Patrick's Day weekend, it seems a good day to feature an Irish poet. I've been working my way through this book for a couple of years. I keep it on my table at work and try to read one poem every day. I can't say the first poem in the book is my favorite!

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


I heard an old religious man
But yesternight declare
That he had found a text to prove
That only God, my dear,
Could love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair.

-- from "For Anne Gregory." This is my favorite Yeats poem, so I cheated a bit to include it here because it is not on page 56. I've always kept this last stanza taped to my desk. I think of it as a reminder of the fickleness of the human heart and a warning against vanity. Or something like that.


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I like these poems.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Great choice for St. Patrick's Day.

Anne Bennett said...

I love that snippet from Anne Gregory. Thank you. My Friday Quotes

Louise Ferrell said...
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Louise Ferrell said...

I've been meaning to try more poetry. I'll have to look up the Anne Gregory one.

Margaret @ BooksPlease said...

I don't know of of Yeats's poems - from these snippets I think I'd like them.

Ayanami Faerudo said...

I confess I haven't read any of Yeats' poems before.

Sassy Brit said...

Fantastic choice!! It's a bit of a blast from the past for me. :)

Tea said...

It's the Month of Yeats. I have a copy of his poems too.

fredamans said...

I love the prose in your 56!! I added you to the Linky. Happy weekend!

Nicki J. Markus / Asta Idonea said...

Ah, Yeats. I enjoy some of his works.

Laura Thomas said...

Yeats is one of the first poets that I really "got".

My Friday 56 from Outre

Julie Tyuk said...

Nice poems!

Beth said...

I love Yeats! Someday I will read his Collected Poems, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

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