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April is the Coolest Month – Just Poets Favorite Poem for April 28

As part of National Poetry Month, Just Poets members will share their favorite poems along with a brief note about why the poem is their favorite poem. Today’s poem is selected by John Roche.

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W. B. Yeats

The Song of Wandering Aengus

I WENT out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And some one called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

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Just Poets Member Statement:

Here’s a poem that has it all – magic, imagery, unrequited love, Celtic mythology, and a perfect lyrical ending! Straddles accessible/obscure fence nicely. (Great song versions by Donovan and Dave Van Ronk).

– John Roche

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“The Song of the Wandering Aengus” appears in The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats, which is available by clicking here.

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