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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

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.

Be still and hark… And the reeds will whisper…
Empty your heart of its mortal dream.
The winds awaken, the leaves whirl round,
Our cheeks are pale, our hair is unbound,
Our breasts are heaving, our eyes are agleam…

Poetry brings nostalgia… Poems carry sadness… Poems create the mood…
Out-worn heart, in

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

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

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