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The Wind Among the Reeds

W. B. Yeats

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William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. He studied poetry in his youth and from an early age was fascinated by both Irish legends and the occult. One of his works, 'The wind among the reeds', published in 1899, by critics' opinion is the main achievement of his early works. Imagery of Yeats' poetry at this time is filled with characters of Celtic mythology and folklore. (Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.
When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone called me by my name:
[16] It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.
Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

[17]

THE SONG OF THE OLD MOTHER I rise in the dawn, and I kneel and blow
Till the seed of the fire flicker and glow;
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Community Reviews

Thus far, Reeds is my favorite collection of Yeats poetry. Yeats continues to intrigue me with his wanderings with the Tuatha Dé Danann. I hope I can make a habit of returning to his poetry so as to better infuse its language into my tongue.

2,5
The words here are beautiful but this poetry collection is just too mystic for me. I rarely attempt to read and as a result enjoy poetry because it's just not my cup of tea. Fleeting moments of amazement created by a few alluring words can't hold my attention as a really long fiction work can wit

Yeats isn’t easy, but he is sublime. Some reviewers here have complained about the amount of knowledge of Irish folk that is required to really appreciate these pieces, but for me, making you work for it makes them all the more special. To delve and explore further into his allusions and symbols onl

Volume three in the completed works of Yeats.
I enjoyed it less than the other two.
More Love poems to his lover with "He wishes his beloved were dead" -_-
I liked "The Secret Rose" "He remembers forgotten beauty" "The Fiddler of Dooney"
Very good poems nonetheless.
Next: In The Seven Woods

A collection of 37 poems from 1899. Highlights - " the host of the air" " into the twilight" "the cup and bells" "he wishs for the cloths of heaven"

Were you but lying cold and dead,
And lights were paling out of the West,
You would come hither, and bend your head,
And I would lay my head on your breast;
And you would murmur tender words,
Forgiving me, because you were dead:
Nor would you rise and hasten away,
Though you have the will of wild bi

I loved the final passage of "The Fiddler of Dooney":
"And when the folk there [in heaven] spy me,
They will all come up to me,
With 'Here is the fiddler of Dooney!'
And dance like a wave of the sea."
Simple and beautiful. The rest of the collection is based on Irish mythology and I didn't get all the re

While I didn’t enjoy all of the poems in this collection (about 30% of them seemed very contrived, like Yeats was forcing out poems to please his lover), there were far more that began to show his voice as a key proponent of the resurgence in Gaelic culture. It’s hard not to focus specifically on po

Celtic dreams from Yeats with a collection of dense yet simple poems about love, magic and mythology.

When I say that the poems are dense I mean that they are all saturated in Gaelic symbolism, when I say they are simple I refer to the language he uses, not to the meanings. He gave most of the poems

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