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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.


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

Lyrically beautiful and enchanting!

Poems about Irish gods and legends set in a time when they are fading into the mists and being replaced by the modern world. Sadly beautiful.

Yeats when his heart was young. Some of the most beautifully crafted lyric poetry ever written.

With this collection of folk tale and fairy story inspired poems, Yeats really ladles on the romance. In some places, he ladles it on a little thick even for a dyed-in-the-wool hopeless romantic like me. For the most part, though, these are really rather lovely.

There are also copious notes at the en

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

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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