“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.”

March 15, 2013 § 4 Comments

WB Yeats

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§ 4 Responses to “Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.”

  • Jim Brennan says:

    Can’t argue with Yeats

  • Yeats said this (of whom?), or this was said of Yeats? Can you give me a citation as to where it’s from? I’d sort of like to read more. (And have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day).

  • Can I indeed…?

    Um… No! I cannot. Haha.

    I’m ashamed to say that I am one of those people who read this quote on the interwebs and responded to the ‘trueness’ of of the sentiment without verifying its source. It’s interesting because it seems a great many people do believe that it was said either about or by Yeats but there is no source for the sentence at all…

    I don’t know if I feel less or more embarrassed to be in so many people’s misguided company!

    No matter who said it though, I think it’s a brilliant cultural observation, I certainly feel like the sentence has a wry ring of truth to it, whatever its source.

    Thanks for keeping me on my toes though, lesson learned!

    • Don’t worry–it’s a charming and perceptive quote which (you’re right) has a certain “wry ring of truth to it.” Trust ol’ wily Yeats to “magic” himself away from precise citation!

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