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William Butler Yeats

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William Butler Yeats "Sweet Dancer" Biography "Sweet Dancer" The girl goes dancing there
On the leaf-sown, new-mown, smooth
Grass plot of the garden;
Escaped from bitter youth,
Escaped out of her crowd,
Or out of her black cloud.
Ah, dancer, ah, sweet dancer!

If strange men come from the house
To lead her away, do not say
That she is happy being crazy;
Lead them gently astray;
Let her finish her dance,
Let her finish her dance.
Ah, dancer, ah, sweet dancer! Born in Dublin, Ireland Alive from 1865 to 1939 Very involved in Irish Politics Appointed to Irish Senate in 1922 Rythm u / u / u /
The girl goes dancing there u u / u / u
On the leaf-sown, new-mown,
/
smooth
/ u / u / u
Grass plot of the garden;
u / u / u /
Escaped from bitter youth,
u / u / u /
Escaped out of her crowd,
u / u / u /
Or out of her black cloud.
u / u / u / u
Ah, dancer, ah, sweet dancer!


u / u u / u
If strange men come from the
/
house
u / u u / / u /
To lead her away, do not say
u / u / u / u / u
That she is happy being crazy;
/ u / u u /
Lead them gently astray;
/ u / u / u
Let her finish her dance,
/ u / u / u
Let her finish her dance.
u / u / u / u
Ah, dancer, ah, sweet dancer! Crazy, would mumble to himself and go into trances. My poem's rythm is highly irregular Iambic Trimeter Annotations The girl goes dancing there -
On the leaf-sown, new-mown, smooth A
Grass plot of the garden; -
Escaped from bitter youth, A
Escaped out of her crowd, B
Or out of her black cloud. B
Ah, dancer, ah, sweet dancer! C

If strange men come from the house -
To lead her away, do not say D
That she is happy being crazy; -
Lead them gently astray; D
Let her finish her dance, E
Let her finish her dance. E
Ah, dancer, ah, sweet dancer! C Slant Rhyme Internal Rhyme <-- End-Stop Line <-- End-Stop Line <-- End-Stop Line <-- End-Stop Line <-- End-Stop Line <-- End-Stop Line <-- End-Stop Line <-- End-Stop Line <-- End-Stop Line <-- End-Stop Line <-- Enjambment <-- Enjambment <-- Enjambment <-- Enjambment Imagery Metaphor Repetition Key: In love with Maud Gonne, proposed four times. Died in 1939 from old age (age 73). Theme This poem doesn’t have a clear theme, but the main theme I found is that even people with terrible lives can find happiness, so if you have a good life there’s no reason to be sad. I like how the poem is about a girl who uses dance to escape her real life. Connections William Butler Yeats wrote a lot of poetry about crazy people. This was probably because he was crazy. Out of the seven poems I've read by him, four include something about a crazy person or death. Video
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