Brown penny

Brown penny

A poem by the magnificent William Butler Yeats is always a good option. Some poets on Instagram, we will not mention names (you know who you are) do everything to create poetry like Yeats. The even go as far as copying the fine work of this poet and post is as their own poems. This is the poem Brown penny. By “our favourite writer”, well one of the many: William Butler Yeats.


Remember a few weeks ago, when we told you about some so-called poets, who use the work of others as their own. In a search for plagiarism, we saw that one of the so-called poets even used the works of Yeats.

Idiocracy, of course. But unfortunately, this happens. That is why we always credit those who are supposed to be credited. We don’t hold the copyrights to the poems we publish and especially when it comes down to the classic poetry; we never claim that we hold the copyrights to these beautiful poems.

About the poem

Love is a magic and wonderful thing. Athing is even a mild statement for such a divine emotion. An emotion that makes one doubt the most basic things when the love is in a premature phase. Yeats questioned himself about his feelings in this poems. He might as well have written what is love?

Love can come with risks. Especially when you speak out. What will the other one say? The only way to find out, is to be brave and tell.

Brown penny

By William Butler Yeats

Brown penny

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.

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