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For Anne Gregory

A reminder from Yeats:

For Anne Gregory

"Never shall a young man,
Thrown into despair
By those great honey-coloured
Ramparts at your ear,
Love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair."

"But I can get a hair-dye
And set such colour there,
Brown, or black, or carrot,
That young men in despair
May love me for myself alone
And not my yellow hair."

"I heard an old religious man
But yesternight declare
That he had found a text to prove
That only God, my dear,
Could love you for yourself alone
And not your yellow hair."

Discussions - 4 Comments

Wonderful. Second only to "Sailing to Byzantium."

From the poem:

"Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing,
But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enameling"

Best two is a strong statement. A Young man and Old is a good one.

Agreed, but it is easy with Yeats to get caught up in the moment and forget the rest of the world!

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