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The Sorrow Of Love Poem by William Butler Yeats

The Sorrow Of Love Poem by William Butler Yeats
The Sorrow Of Love Poem by William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years. The Sorrow Of Love Poem by William Butler Yeats is very inspiring.

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). The prize led to a significant increase in the sales of his books, as his publishers Macmillan sought to capitalise on the publicity. For the first time he had money, and he was able to repay not only his own debts, but those of his father.

William Butler Yeats largely renounced the transcendental beliefs of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with physical and spiritual masks, as well as with cyclical theories of life. From 1900, Yeats’s poetry grew more physical and realistic. Yeats had a life-long interest in mysticism, spiritualism, occultism and astrology. He read extensively on the subjects throughout his life, became a member of the paranormal research organisation “The Ghost Club” (in 1911) and was especially influenced by the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg.

The Sorrow Of Love Poem by William Butler Yeats

THE brawling of a sparrow in the eaves,
The brilliant moon and all the milky sky,
And all that famous harmony of leaves,
Had blotted out man’s image and his cry.
A girl arose that had red mournful lips
And seemed the greatness of the world in tears,
Doomed like Odysseus and the labouring ships
And proud as Priam murdered with his peers;
Arose, and on the instant clamorous eaves,
A climbing moon upon an empty sky,
And all that lamentation of the leaves,
Could but compose man’s image and his cry.

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23 thoughts on “The Sorrow Of Love Poem by William Butler Yeats

  1. Dynamic poem! And thank you for the historical account as well… Twice, I caught his preoccupation with the sky! That reflects his inteest in Astrology perhaps, Great blog! Classy stuff 🙂

  2. Interesting, i didn’t know that..

    Don’t even know, ifinn i know now?

    Is that what happens to those whom write, years down the road, somebody is inspired by what we have written, looking into our history, possibly leaving a kind word, about our writing an or lifestyle?

    i see that you dropped in for a read!

    i thank you…..

    cheers chris

  3. Hi, thanks for liking my post just now. This is a great poem. A poem that you (or any of your followers might like to read) is Auden’s In Memory of WB Yeats. It is Auden’s great eulogy to Yeats and contains some of the most famous lines in the canon of English poetry. Yeats was certainly an interesting person who lived through turbulent times and responded to them in his writing.

    Great blog.


  4. Thank you very much for introducing me to Yeats through this post. Must read some more of his works. I am constantly being reminded that even though I consider myself pretty well-read, there is still so much more that I’ll never even have a chance to read. It is very humbling xx Rowena

  5. So nice to read something positive about this poet. A lot of the academics get too involved with his connections to certain creative parties, and understand nothing of the nuances which link very simply to the artistic mind-set. Also, he absolutely rejected transcendentalism, understanding that trap as well, great to read about that! Thank you for taking the time to visit my post as well.

  6. Was especially moved by Yeats on my visit to Ireland last year. Though I can’t remember reading or being particularly aware of him before, I came home with a book of his poems. I had the pleasure to visit Drumcliff, Glencar, and the amazing Yeats exhibit at the National Library of Ireland. I enthusiastically recommend all of these experiences, including the reading of Yeats. 🙂

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