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William Butler Yeats

Politics

Stephen Conteagüero

'In our time the destiny of man presents its meanings in political terms.' -Thomas Mann

How can I, that girl standing there,
My attention fix
On Roman or on Russian
Or on Spanish politics?
Yet here's a travelled man that knows
What he talks about,
And there's a politician
That has both read and thought,
And maybe what they say is true
Of war and war's alarms,
But O that I were young again
And held her in my arms!
William Butler Yeats, "Politics" from The Poems of W. B. Yeats: A New Edition, edited by Richard J. Finneran. Copyright 1940 by Georgie Yeats, renewed © 1960 by Bertha Georgie Yeats. Copyright 1928 by Macmillan Publishing Company, renewed © 1956 by Georgie Yeats. Used by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.