After Long Silence

William Butler Yeats 1865 (Sandymount) – 1939 (Menton)



Speech after long silence; it is right,
All other lovers being estranged or dead,
Unfriendly lamplight hid under its shade,
The curtains drawn upon unfriendly night,
That we descant and yet again descant
Upon the supreme theme of Art and Song:
Bodily decrepitude is wisdom; young
We loved each other and were ignorant.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 16, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 319
Words 55
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 8

William Butler Yeats

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