THE SONG OF WANDERING AENGUS

- By W.B. Yeats
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William Butler Yeats[a] (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an English-language Irish poet, dramatist, prose writer and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of the Irish literary establishment, he helped to found the Abbey Theatre, and in his later years served two terms as a Senator of the Irish Free State. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn and others. Yeats was born in Sandymount, Ireland, and educated there and in London. He was a Protestant and member of the Anglo-Irish community. He spent childhood holidays in County Sligo and studied poetry from an early age, when he became fascinated by Irish legends and the occult. These topics feature in the first phase of his work, which lasted roughly until the turn of the 20th century. His earliest volume of verse was published in 1889, and its slow-paced and lyrical poems display debts to Edmund Spenser, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the poets of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. From 1900, his poetry grew more physical and realistic. He largely renounced the transcendental beliefs of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with physical and spiritual masks, as well as with cyclical theories of life. In 1923, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
 
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.
 
When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone called me by my name:
 
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair,
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.
 
Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
 
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

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Word Lists:

Dappled : marked with spots or rounded patches

Glimmer : shine faintly with a wavering light

Flicker : (of light or a source of light) shine unsteadily; vary rapidly in brightness

Rustle : make a soft, muffled crackling sound like that caused by the movement of dry leaves or paper

Pluck : take hold of (something) and quickly remove it from its place

Blossom : a flower or a mass of flowers, especially on a tree or bush

Thread : a long, thin strand of cotton, nylon, or other fibers used in sewing or weaving

Fade : gradually grow faint and disappear

Hollow : having a hole or empty space inside

Wander : walk or move in a leisurely, casual, or aimless way

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Rating: A

Words: 170

Unique Words : 99

Sentences : 29

Reading Time : 0:45

Noun : 66

Conjunction : 20

Adverb : 3

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 8

Pronoun : 20

Verb : 31

Preposition : 22

Letter Count : 658

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Neutral (Slightly Conversational)

Difficult Words : 30

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