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Poet to His Beloved, a (1985) [Collection]
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As a young man, William Butler Yeats was deeply affected by the idea of romantic love, or, as he called it, "the old high way of love." Characteristically, much of his early poetry that which was written prior to 1910, is poetry that belongs to courtship.

When Yeats was twenty-three years old, he met and fell in love with the beautiful Irish nationalist, Maud Gonne. Although she repeatedly refused to marry Yeats, Maud would become the object of his passion and his poetry. The emotional power in many of Yeats' early poems is shaped by the one-sidedness of his affair with Maud, but the poems themselves remain hopeful and bitter-sweet, pure in their language and attitudes about love.

The forty-one poems collected in A Poet to His Beloved represent some of Yeats's most evocative and passionate early love poems. These versed are simple, lyrical, and often dreamy, and they speak knowingly of innocence and beauty, passion and desire, devotion and the fear of rejection.


  • The Indian to His Love
  • The Falling of the Leaves
  • Ephemera
  • To an Isle in the Winter
  • Down by the Salley Gardens
  • The Rose of the World
  • The Pity of Love
  • When You Are Old
  • The White Birds
  • A Dream of Death
  • Who Goes with Fergus?
  • The Two Trees
  • The Lover Tells of the Rose in His Heart
  • The Host of the Air
  • The Fish
  • Into the Twilight
  • The Song of Wandering Aengus
  • The Heart of the Woman
  • The Lover Mourns for the Loss of Love
  • He Mourns for the Change That Has Come Upon Him and His Beloved, and Longs for the End of the World
  • He Bids His Beloved Be at Peace
  • He Remembers Forgotten Beauty
  • A Poet to His Love
  • He Gives His Beloved Certain Rhymes
  • The Cap and Bells
  • The Lover Asks Forgiveness Because of His Many Moods
  • He Tells of A Valley Full of Lovers
  • He Tells of the Perfect Beauty
  • He Hears the Cry of the Sedge
  • He Thinks of Those Who Have Spoken Evil of His Beloved
  • The Lover Pleads with His Friend for Old Friends
  • The Poet Pleads with the Elemental Powers
  • He Wishes His Beloved Were Dead
  • He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
  • The Arrow
  • The Folly of Being Comforted
  • Never Give All the Heart
  • Adam's Curse
  • The Ragged Wood
  • O Do Not Love Too Long

Original title: A Poet to His Beloved: The Early Love Poems of W.B. Yeats
Original languages: English


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Poet to His Beloved, a (1985)
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Language: English

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Poet to His Beloved, a (1985)

ISBN: 0312619863

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