There is a clear message in this poem by William Butler Yeats (A drinking song). This is a poem in which the poet reflects his own life when drinking.
A drinking song
Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.
— William Butler Yeats
This poem may look like it is a simple one. With Yeats, a poem is never simple. There is always a deeper meaning in his work. This is one of the poems that make one laugh, but when reading closely it is also a poem that urges to rethink.
In this poem, there is the regret of falling in love. Before you know it, you are old and are ready to die. A beautifully composed poem.
The first month of 2018, January is our William Butler Yeats Month. Interested in analysing your favourite Yeats’ poem? We are open to guest blogs about this Irish poet. Contact us for more information.