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William Butler Yeats

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

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A Drinking Song


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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  • Rookie - 902 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 - 33,788 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

  • 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 - 134 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 - 294 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 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

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