I am of Ireland

I am of Ireland
William Butler Yeats got his inspiration to write the poem "I am of Ireland" from an anonymous poem from the fourteenth century. The first stanza of this poem includes the whole poem.

William Butler Yeats got his inspiration to write the poem I am of Ireland from an anonymous poem from the fourteenth century. The first stanza of this poem includes the whole poem.

I am of Ireland
And of the holy land of Ireland
Good sir I pray of ye
For saintly charity
Come dance with me
In Ireland.

— Anonymous

Analysis

Yeats decided to take it not just one step further. He went the extra mile! In his poem, he introduces two speakers that have come of age. Life used to be better for them. The woman asks the man, out of pity, to dance with her. In the “old” days, it wasn’t the question if they would dance, but when. Still, the man is alone. Wearing clothes that are out of fashion and finds himself questioning his dancing skills.

 

The woman keeps on asking to dance with him. She tries to seduce him, for old time sake. These old times are about this beautiful Ireland, they once knew about. Realizing this, then there is just one option: to dance with her in Ireland.

I am of Ireland

I am of Ireland

‘I am of Ireland,
And the Holy Land of Ireland,
And time runs on,’ cried she.
‘Come out of charity,
Come dance with me in Ireland.’

One man, one man alone
In that outlandish gear,
One solitary man
Of all that rambled there
Had turned his stately head.
That is a long way off,
And time runs on,’ he said,
‘And the night grows rough.’

‘I am of Ireland,
And the Holy Land of Ireland,
And time runs on,’ cried she.
‘Come out of charity
And dance with me in Ireland.’

‘The fiddlers are all thumbs,
Or the fiddle-string accursed,
The drums and the kettledrums
And the trumpets all are burst,
And the trombone,’ cried he,
‘The trumpet and trombone,’
And cocked a malicious eye,
‘But time runs on, runs on.’

I am of Ireland,
And the Holy Land of Ireland,
And time runs on,’ cried she.
“Come out of charity
And dance with me in Ireland.’

— William Butler Yeats

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Title
I am of Ireland
Article Name
I am of Ireland
Summary
A poem written by William Butler Yeats about his country: Ireland.
Author
Publisher Name
The Ministry of Poetic Affairs

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