Tuesday, 10 November 2009

W B Yeats and An Irish Airman Forsees His Death

An Irish Airman Forsees 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 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.

Wm Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
°(on the Galway to Ennis road)
- also see post below


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  2. Anonymous, I could recommend that you read two WWI 'insider' books which will give you more info. One from each side.
    All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque (Brian Murdoch tranlation) (Vintage).
    Her Privates We - Frederic Manning (Serpent's Tail).

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