Clareified

Where does the good go

Penny lane is in my ears

I love Yeats, generally. This poem is so unlike much of his other stuff, but I like it lots too. Nothing deep or profound to say, though I’ll quote this analysis I found on the internets: It is a social and interpersonal phenomena to feel or perceive that we must “come of age” in a sense, before we are ready to embrace something fully, what ever that something may be, in this case love.

I think that’s just about right.

Brown Penny by William Butler Yeats

I whispered, ‘I am too young,’
And then, ‘I am old enough’;
Wherefore I threw a penny
To find out if I might love.
‘Go and love, go and love, young man,
If the lady be young and fair.’
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
I am looped in the loops of her hair.

O love is the crooked thing,
There is nobody wise enough
To find out all that is in it,
For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
One cannot begin it too soon.

14 Responses to “Penny lane is in my ears”

  1. Angela Says:

    To me, saying “I love Yeats” is equivalent to saying “I love toothpaste.”

  2. Dawn Summers Says:

    Because he is wonderful and keeps your breath minty fresh?

  3. Angela Says:

    Ha, yes, minty.

    No, more like, okay sure, it’s nice and helpful but I’m just neutral about it. I’m just not feeling the “love.”

    Talking to a penny? C’mon, have some self respect and at least have your conversations with a quarter.

  4. Dawn Summers Says:

    hahahaahah You kill me!

  5. Dawn Summers Says:

    When are you guest posting? Or was that only if I got a whole new blog?

  6. Angela Says:

    :) (I must admit I am laughing at my own joke.)

    I actually have a poem (!) to write about. I even typed it up the other night and everything, now just have to draft the text to accompany it. Maybe for next Wednesday?

  7. Petitedov Says:

    That was a hilarious exchange, I have nothing more to add.

  8. Dawn Summers Says:

    Yes! You are on for next Wednesday! *gets out pen*

  9. Katie Says:

    I <3 Yeats. A good poem.

  10. Pearatty Says:

    I’ll take the Wednesday after that.

  11. Dawn Summers Says:

    Done and done! *hangs the gone fishing sign on poetry Wednesdays* LOL

  12. chsw Says:

    What creature slinks toward Stephane through all this corn?

  13. Pearatty Says:

    Who’s Stephane? That’s spelled funny.

  14. Dawn Summers Says:

    It really is!

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