Before the world was made

Before the world was made
We are closing our William Butler Yeats month with the poem Before the world was made. We hoped you enjoyed this month where we focussed on the work of this great Irish poet.

We are closing our William Butler Yeats month with the poem Before the world was made. We hoped you enjoyed this month where we focussed on the work of this great Irish poet.

Analysis

Before the world was made. What was there? A question that is impossible to answer. Yeats used his interest in the occult and his perception on life and love to write this beautiful poem.
The poem tells us more. It tells us how Yeats saw his sister. In a way, this poem reflects vanity. By putting on her makeup, she was able to deceive men. In his days, this wasn’t something that was considered normal.

If you don’t want to go for this analysis, there is always the option to it the other way: a poem that reflects the deepest thoughts of a poet about how life must have been, before there was this world we live in.

Before the world was made

Before the world was made

If I make the lashes dark
And the eyes more bright
And the lips more scarlet,
Or ask if all be right
From mirror after mirror,
No vanity’s displayed:
I’m looking for the face I had
Before the world was made.

What if I look upon a man
As though on my beloved,
And my blood be cold the while
And my heart unmoved?
Why should he think me cruel
Or that he is betrayed?
I’d have him love the thing that was
Before the world was made.

— William Butler Yeats

Carla Bruni

Did you know, that the French singer (and wife of former president Nicolas Sarkozy) Carla Bruni turned this beautiful poem into a song?

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Before the world was made
Article Name
Before the world was made
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A poem written by the Irish poet William Butler Yeats
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The Ministry of Poetic Affairs

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