“Poetry Afternoon”

William Butler Yeats

 

“When You Are Old”

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,

And nodding by the fire, take down this book,

And slowly read and dream of the soft look

Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

 

How many loved your moments of glad grace,

And loved your beauty with love false or true,

But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,

And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

 

And bending down beside the glowing bars,

Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled

And paced upon the mountains overhead

And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

 

William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century.  A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, he helped the foundation of the famous Abbey Theatre.

 

Born:    June 13, 1865 at Sandymount, Republic of Ireland

Died:    January 28, 1939 at Menton, France

Buried: September 1948, Drumcliff Cemetery, Republic of Ireland

 

Just a few of his quotes.

“But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams”.

 

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire”.

 

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity”.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed just a little of William Butler Yeats this afternoon, and the music below.

 

 

 

 

 

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