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Yeats' grave
Posted by: LindaD (91.108.31.---)
Date: September 04, 2007 02:02PM

Since that experiment worked, here are pictures of Yeats' grave and things.

Under bare Ben Bulben's head
In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid.
An ancestor was rector there
Long years ago, a church stands near,
By the road an ancient cross.

No marble, no conventional phrase;
On limestone quarried near the spot
By his command these words are cut:
Cast a cold eye
On life, on death.
Horseman, pass by!

[i157.photobucket.com] Except this picture was taken from the other side of Ben Bulben and it's cloudy.
[i157.photobucket.com] There's another ancient cross in the churchyard, but the carvings are eroded and the top has been lost.
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Re: Yeats' grave
Posted by: JohnnyBoy (68.194.80.---)
Date: September 04, 2007 02:24PM

Very Nice !


Re: Yeats' grave
Posted by: JohnnyBoy (68.194.80.---)
Date: September 04, 2007 02:36PM

Here's the Walt Whitman Mall and Walt Whitman Corporate Center


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Re: Yeats' grave
Posted by: hpesoj (69.116.247.---)
Date: September 04, 2007 02:56PM

Linda:

Very nice. Thanks.

JoeT


Re: Yeats' grave
Posted by: petersz (24.7.62.---)
Date: September 08, 2007 03:09AM

Thanks for the photos, Linda, Peter.

Here is the image of Yeats' death I carry:

In Memory of W. B. Yeats

(d. Jan. 1939)

I

He disappeared in the dead of winter:
The brooks were frozen, the air-ports almost deserted,
And snow disfigured the public statues;
The mercury sank in the mouth of the dying day.
O all the instruments agree
The day of his death was a dark cold day.

Far from his illness
The wolves ran on through the evergreen forests,
The peasant river was untempted by the fashionable quays;
By mourning tongues
The death of the poet was kept from his poems.

But for him it was his last afternoon as himselú,
An afternoon of nurses and rumours;
The provinces of his body revolted,
The squares of his mind were empty,
Silence invaded the suburbs,
The current of his feeling failed: he became his admirers.

Now he is scattered among a hundred cities
And wholly given over to unfamiliar affections;
To find his happiness hi another kind of wood
And be punished under a foreign code of conscience.
The words of a dead man
Are modified in the guts of the living.

But in the importance and noise of to-morrow
When the brokers are roaring like beasts on the floor of the Bourse,
And the poor have the sufferings to which they are fairly accustomed,
And each in the cell of himself is almost convinced of his freedom;
A few thousand will think of this day
As one thinks of a day when one did something slightly usual.
O all the instruments agree
The day of his death was a dark cold day.

II

You were silly like us: your gift survived it all;
The parish of rich women, physical decay,
Yourself; mad Ireland hurt you into poetry.
Now Ireland has her madness and her weather still,
For poetry makes nothing happen: it survives
In the valley of its saying where executives
Would never want to tamper; it flows south
From ranches of isolation and the busy griefs,
Raw towns that we believe and die in; it survives,
A way of happening, a mouth.

III

Earth, receive an honoured guest;
William Yeats is laid to rest:
Let the Irish vessel lie
Emptied of its poetry.

Time that is intolerant
Of the brave and innocent.
And indifferent in a week
To a beautiful physique.

Worships language and forgives
Everyone by whom it lives;
Pardons cowardice, conceit,
Lays its honours at their feet.

Time that with this strange excuse
Pardoned Kipling and his views,
And will pardon Paul Claudel,
Pardons him for writing well.

In the nightmare of the dark
All the dogs of Europe bark,
And the living nations wait,
Each sequestered in its hate;

Intellectual disgrace
Stares from every human face,
And the seas of pity lie
Locked and frozen in each eye.

Follow, poet, follow right
To the bottom of the night,
With your unconstraining voice
Still persuade us to rejoice;

With the farming of a verse
Make a vineyard of the curse.
Sing of human unsuccess
In a rapture of distress;

In the deserts of the heart
Let the healing fountain start.
In the prison of his days
Teach the free man how to praise.

W. H, Auden




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