William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet. This post features He wishes for the clothes of Heaven Poem by William Butler Yeats.
He wishes for the clothes of Heaven Poem was published in 1899 in his third volume of poetry, The Wind Among the Reeds. In 1923, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature as the first Irishman so honored for what the Nobel Committee described as “inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation.”
Yeats is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after being awarded the Nobel Prize; such works include The Tower (1928) and The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1929).
He wishes for the clothes of Heaven Poem
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
– William Butler Yeats
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