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    Yeats 'Easter 1916' I last night realised to be a great poem but you do have to understand a bit of the context around it to get the full effect.

    Poetry is an argument with the self, he said, and in his case it's pointedly an unresolved argument. Whereas with Milton the argument is unresolved against Milton's wishes.
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    Can we play guess the poet? Curious to what the scholars think of these.

    "“Life is a flame that flickers in the wind,
    A bird that crouches in the fowler's net—
    Nor may between her flutterings forget
    That hour the dreams of youth were unconfined.”


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    “The Grave and Cradle, the untiring twain,
    Who in the markets of this narrow lane
    Bordered of darkness, ever give and take
    In equal measure—what’s the loss or gain?

    Ay, like the circles which the sun doth spin
    Of gossamer, we end as we begin;
    Our feet are on the heads of those that pass,
    But ever their Graves around our Cradles grin.

    And what avails it then that Man be born
    To joy or sorrow?—why rejoice or mourn?
    The doling doves are calling to the rose;
    The dying rose is bleeding o’er the thorn."

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    V far from a scholar, but I'll guess Blake

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    Poetry is an argument with the self, [Yeats] said, and in his case it's pointedly an unresolved argument.
    This is a bit like what we were talking about isn't it luka? Writing as a battleground for the self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baboon2004 View Post
    V far from a scholar, but I'll guess Blake
    Nope, its a tricky one, there's no way in hell I would ever have guessed, and I know almost nothing about poetry.

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    Knowing near-nothing about poetry I did a quick google

    I'd say it's a something of a trick question

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    Great stuff though! Laudable sentiments IMO

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    Yes, it is a bit tricksy. There are both the work of Abu’l-Ala’l-Ma’arri, the 11th century Arabian atheist and anti-natalist poet.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Ma%CA%BFarri

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    Quote Originally Posted by droid View Post
    Yes, it is a bit tricksy. There are both the work of Abu’l-Ala’l-Ma’arri, the 11th century Arabian atheist and anti-natalist poet.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Ma%CA%BFarri
    He isn't the poet that Sebald quotes in 'Rings of Saturn' is he?

    I know there's some Arabic poetry in there... Probably something else, but it was very beautiful.

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    'Even on al-Maʿarri's epitaph, he wanted it written that his life was a wrong done by his father and not one that was done by himself.'

    Seems like a cool guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    This is a bit like what we were talking about isn't it luka? Writing as a battleground for the self.
    when i started talking about this you got scared and thought i was trying to indoctrinate you and immediately pretended you had a train to catch. ran off like a startled faun.

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