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From "The Yeats Reader," edited by Richard J. Finneran (Scribner: 566 pp., $35)

November 23, 2003|W.B. Yeats

'In our time the destiny of man presents its meanings in political terms.'

-- Thomas Mann

How can I, that girl standing there,

My attention fix

On Roman or on Russian

Or on Spanish politics,

Yet here's a travelled man that knows

What he talks about,

And there's a politician

That has both read and thought,

And maybe what they say is true

Of war and war's alarms,

But O that I were young again

And held her in my arms.

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