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Poem Title:  Words

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: 
I had this thought a while ago,
"My darling cannot understand
What I have done, or what would do
in this blind bitter land.'
And I grew weary of the sun
Until my thoughts cleared up again,
remembering that the best I have done
was done to make it plain;
that every year I have cried, "At length
my darling understands it all,
because I have come into my strength,
and words obey my call';
That had she done so who can say
what would have shaken from the sieve?
I might have thrown poor words away
and been content to live.


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