Featured Poem – An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

April 4, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

For National Poetry Month, our next featured poem was selected by Nick, written by William Butler Yeats. Yeats was an Irish poet working from the late 19th to early 20th centuries. His poetry reflects Irish politics and independence from England during his day. This poem reflects that. For more info on Yeats, visit Poetry.org.

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

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 country 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 man, 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.

 

 

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