April 13, 2008

W.B. Yeats — “No Second Troy”

Posted in Poetry at 10:18 pm by The Lizard Queen

No Second Troy

Why should I blame her that she filled my days
With misery, or that she would of late
Have taught to ignorant men most violent ways,
Or hurled the little streets upon the great,
Had they but courage equal to desire?
What could have made her peaceful with a mind
That nobleness made simple as a fire,
With beauty like a tightened bow, a kind
That is not natural in an age like this,
Being high and solitary and most stern?
Why, what could she have done, being what she is?
Was there another Troy for her to burn?

—W.B. Yeats, 1910

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1 Comment »

  1. […] Previously posted poems by Irish poets: Eavan Boland: “Outside History“ Seamus Heaney: “Punishment“ W.B. Yeats: “The Second Coming,” “Sailing to Byzantium,” “Adam’s Curse,” “No Second Troy“ […]


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