Poem of the Week: “Mongan Thinks of His Past Greatness”

One of my favorite poems by one of my favorite poets. If you’re curious about who Mongan is, there’s a good little explanation here. “Mongan Thinks of His Past Greatness” by William Butler Yeats I have drunk ale from the Country of the Young And weep because I know all things now: I have beenContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Mongan Thinks of His Past Greatness””

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Poem of the Week: “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”

This past week, most of my poetry reading has centered on the Irish poet Seamus Heaney. I would love to post one of his poems here, but, because he had the audacity to be born in 1939 and thus all of his poems are still under copyright, I’ll instead post this one from his literaryContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “The Lake Isle of Innisfree””

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Poems for the Newcomer

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s prompt is “Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101).” Well, I’m not interested in YA,Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Poems for the Newcomer”

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Poem of the Week: “Adam’s Curse”

In honor of Yeats’s 150th birthday, which happens to be today: “Adam’s Curse” by William Butler Yeats We sat together at one summer’s end, That beautiful mild woman, your close friend, And you and I, and talked of poetry. I said, β€˜A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem aContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Adam’s Curse””

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Poem of the Week: “When You Are Old”

Big thanks are in order to Annie Hawthorne who directed me toward this huge collection of Yeats’s work. “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats 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 YourContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “When You Are Old””

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