William Butler Yeats

(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

A Drinking Song Poem by William Butler Yeats


WINE comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That's all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Edited: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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  • Gold Star - 12,542 Points Sandra Feldman (10/23/2014 4:29:00 PM)

    Simple and to the point, but true and great. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (10/23/2014 1:19:00 PM)

    Perfection. To the point with an elegance and poignance entwined. Loved this (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 685 Points Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (10/23/2014 9:21:00 AM)

    lovely poem and to the point. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 522 Points Sally Plumb Plumb (10/23/2014 6:23:00 AM)

    Wonderful piece. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,376 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (10/23/2014 3:54:00 AM)

    This is a poem about impermanence and fading, expressed through beautiful brevity of 6 lines. The pleasure induced by wine shall not remain forever, nor shall the poet or his beloved. Everything is impermanent, everything fades. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (10/23/2014 1:29:00 AM)

    This is s deep poem- We love to Lord and fear with the Sin, The imagery Wine is for sin that we do and the love through eyes - Eyes are the other imagery that is for Heaven - Sinning and confessing the truth known to all - I lift the glass - I am commenting a mistake..I remember you and fear - Man is what wrapped with virtue and tied with vice that's what can be taken from the poem..lovely (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,881 Points * Sunprincess * (6/9/2014 7:38:00 AM)

    ........the ingredients of a great poem.....wine and love...enjoyed.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joe Vrown (2/28/2014 8:28:00 AM)

    turn down for what thats what this poem should be called (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joe Vrown (2/28/2014 8:21:00 AM)

    This poem means turn down for what lets get crunk i mean its not called a drinking song for nothing lets get faded! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lionel Woo (10/23/2013 11:33:00 PM)

    Yes, everything grows up smoothly by itself, without any reasons, especially for love. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lily Mccambridge (10/23/2013 5:36:00 PM)

    nice poem that is. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 347 Points Danny Draper (10/23/2013 7:23:00 AM)

    William please read my poems and vote and give me points for the competition as that is real poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 677 Points Muzaffer Akin (10/23/2013 4:03:00 AM)

    Thank you....Short but beautiful a poem. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 585 Points Ramesh T A (10/23/2013 3:52:00 AM)

    What a sigh this great philosophic poet makes for love! A cute poem to read! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 72 Points Scotty Dogg (11/28/2012 1:11:00 PM)

    He died in his seventies (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 299 Points Adeline Foster (4/16/2012 2:34:00 PM)

    How sad that that was all he knew of truth, and to die so young so sad. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Barbara Nixon (4/12/2012 4:36:00 PM)

    Short and accurate, perfect. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Andrew Hoellering (12/15/2009 2:52:00 AM)

    Simply terrific, i.e. both simple and terrific.Beauty is perceived as truth thanks to el vino. Yeats is saying that's all we know on earth, and all we need to know.The qualities here characterise some of his best poems, especially those of the last period of his life. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 39 Points Malini Kadir (10/19/2008 11:08:00 AM)

    short and expansive at the same time....loved is way of expressing.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie a clown needs a circus (3/25/2008 5:08:00 AM)

    new poems need new words: beyondtiful (Report) Reply

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