Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Late Bloom From a Master

W. B. Yeats reflects on his life in 'Among School Children'

The poem -- modest in length, if not in scope -- comprises eight stanzas of eight lines each and employs a rhyme scheme, abababcc, known as ottava rima. Although the lines -- which include a congeries of symbols, allusions, insights and memories -- represent a kind of extended reverie, not a word among them seems awkward or imprecise, let alone superfluous.

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