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The Land of Heart's Desire

W. B. Yeats

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .To come when I am dead to Shawn and you.

FATHER HART. You should not fill your head with foolish dreams.
What are you reading?

MARY. How a Princess Edane,
A daughter of a King of Ireland, heard
A voice singing on a May Eve like this,
And followed half awake and half asleep,
Until she came into the Land of Faery,
Where nobody gets old and godly and grave,
Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise,
Where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue.
And she is still there, busied with a dance
Deep in the dewy shadow of a wood,
Or where stars walk upon a mountain-top.

MAURTEEN. Persuade the colleen to put down the book;
My grandfather would mutter just such things,
And he was no judge of a dog or a horse,
And any idle boy could blarney him;
just speak your mind.

FATHER HART. Put it away, my colleen;
God spreads the heav. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I didn't quite know what to expect but ended with quiet tears and a heavy heart.

A passage from this book was quoted on an FB page, which made me curious to read it in context. I enjoyed reading the play and am now interested in reading more of his writings. Also, this was my first Kindle book for the Paperwhite device, with which I am well pleased.

Good

The Land of Heart's Desire
A short play by W.B. Yeats from the Irish legends and tales
It was interesting
Liked the ending

The wind blows over the lonely of heart,
And the lonely of heart is withered away.

"When the wind has laughed and murmured and sung,
The lonely of heart is withered away."

~ The Irish Readathon 2019: Read a book that isn't a novel ~

This short play was my first introducion into W.B. Yeats writing and I'm really excited to read more of his works now! I have no idea why it took m...more

I found The Land of Heart's Desire while searching for quotes about faeries (light-hearted research for a book) but I have no idea on how to rate a one-act playscript from the late 19th century. I enjoyed reading it, so four stars it is. All in all it was a lovely peep in to the Irish fairy-lore...more

“I have spread my dreams under your feet.
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
― W.B. Yeats

Yeats was a major proponent of symbolism. He has a riveting art of using common words and language to reach to those abstract ideas. His imagery and his spell can always give you a feel of sorcery....more

Yeats sets the scene in the real world for a battle between faith and fancy. A mother, her newlywed son and a priest, practice superstitious rituals to ward off evil, while the new daughter-in-law disappears into flights of fancy of fancy in her reading and her desire for more beyond the world sh...more

The wind blows over the lonely of heart,
And the lonely of heart is withered away.
A story told in the middle of the night.
In a faraway land, in a remote time, a couple of newlyweds shared a house with the young man's parents.
On May Eve, a priest came to visit.
Dinner was served. Wine was poured...more

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