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An Irish Airman Forsees His Death - Poem by William Butler Yeats

I KNOW that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My county is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan's poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.


Comments about An Irish Airman Forsees His Death by William Butler Yeats

  • Rookie - 120 Points Jay Blue (1/25/2016 11:17:00 PM)

    Something about this haunts me. The imagery, yes, but the phrasing steals the show. Incredible verse! (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 5,871 Points Soumita Sarkar (1/2/2016 6:22:00 AM)

    excellence.... at the height. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Des Drumm (12/16/2013 11:50:00 AM)

    This poem has grown on me hugely over the years since my father died. He was from the Republic of Ireland and volunteered for Bomber Command in World War 2, where he flew 32 missions as a rear gunner in Lancasters. This poem has really made me think about his motivations and how he must have felt at night in the skies over Germany. Unfortunately he died 14 years ago so I will never know, since he never spoke much about it and we did not ask enough of the questions while he was alive. Whenever I read the poem it brings back a lot of memories! (Report) Reply

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