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Poem Title:  The Fisherman

Poem Category:  General Poems

Poet:  William Butler Yeats

Poet Biography: 
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was a poet whose influences include The Occult, symbolism and Irish political independance



Poem: 
Although I can see him still.
The freckled man who goes
to a grey place on a hill
in grey Connemara clothes
at dawn to cast his flies,
it's long since I began
to call up to the eyes
this wise and simple man.
All day I'd looked in the face
what I had hoped 'twould be
to write for my own race
and the reality;
The living men that I hate,
the dead man that I loved,
the craven man in his seat,
the insolent unreproved,
and no knave brought to book
who has won a drunken cheer,
the witty man and his joke
aimed at the commonest ear,
the clever man who cries
the catch-cries of the clown,
the beating down of the wise
and great Art beaten down.
Maybe a twelvemonth since
suddenly I began,
in scorn of this audience,
imagining a man,
and his sun-freckled face,
and grey Connemara cloth,
climbing up to a place
where stone is dark under froth,
and the down-turn of his wrist
when the flies drop in the stream;
A man who does not exist,
a man who is but a dream;
And cried, "before I am old
I shall have written him one
poem maybe as cold
and passionate as the dawn.'


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