A month with Yeats: Day Nine

The Yeats quote today is taken from ‘The Rose of the World’.

 

‘Troy passed away in one high funeral gleam,

And Usna’s children died.’ W.B. Yeats

 

The world grows dark

 

They have gone into the dark and cold

All those whose stories, by the fire told,

Have walked barefoot beneath this sky.

We, the listeners by the dancing flames,

Had thought to hear the battle’s roar,

And wept to share a woman’s grief.

No regrets, we say to soothe the loss,

For those days when life hung by a thread,

Or rolling dice, a sword thrust missed,

A handful of bright berries red.

So we walk with uniformed step,

The roadways paved in dullest grey,

And never raise eyes to the sky,

To see the hawk with yellow eye,

Plunge for the mouse about to die.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

46 thoughts on “A month with Yeats: Day Nine”

  1. I did not read the story of the Children Of Usna, so I had to research this a bit. First part, before the tragedy hit, reminded me more of wonder woman but the later part definitely proves the stupidity of religion, pagan or not. What a self fulfilling prophesy and a story of lust and sacrifice.

  2. Our world is so self-satisfied. Nothing before was any good, nothing was admirable. We worship what is new, chuck the old, and can’t see that life, real life, hasn’t changed, we just can’t see it any more.

  3. Never heard of Deirdre of the Sorrows so will look her up. And you mention we can’t see that real life hasn’t changed … I agree wholeheartedly. People think we live in a progressive age!

  4. Yes, we have this stupid belief that we have invented everything that’s any good. Nobody knew anything before our generation, they were all barbarians—they didn’t even have Internet!

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