Thursday, 1 July 2010

The Thursday Poem


Young Woman Reading by a Window by Delphin Enjolras


The Scholars

Bald heads forgetful of their sins,
Old, learned, respectable bald heads
Edit and annotate the lines
That young men, tossing on their beds,
Rhymed out in love's despair
To flatter beauty's ignorant ear.

All shuffle there; all cough in ink;
All wear the carpet with their shoes;
All think what other people think;
All know the man their neighbour knows.
Lord, what would they say
Did their Catullus walk that way?

William Butler Yeats
(13th June 1865 - 28th January 1939)

From the book: Poem for the Day One

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