Never Give All the Heart by W.B. Yeats20 de Abril de 2010 | Por bsaez | Categoría: Literatura, Reseñas
W.B. Yeats – Never Give All the Heart
By Belén Sáez Hernáez
I would like to show you my favourite poem. The first time I listened to it was when I bought the CD Tears of Stone by The Chieftains. It’s a compilation of traditional Irish music and poems performed by the most relevant Irish artists. This is my favourite track (with Brenda Fricker, Anúna):
NEVER give all the heart, for love
Will hardly seem worth thinking of
To passionate women if it seem
Certain, and they never dream
That it fades out from kiss to kiss;
For everything that’s lovely is
But a brief, dreamy. Kind delight.
O never give the heart outright,
For they, for all smooth lips can say,
Have given their hearts up to the play.
And who could play it well enough
If deaf and dumb and blind with love?
He that made this knows all the cost,
For he gave all his heart and lost.
When I first read the poem, I thought it was the story of a betrayed lover, but then I remembered my own experience with lottery and learnt that this feeling of remorse can be applied to many other things in life. Whenever I buy a lottery ticket, I trust the luck of the draw, I am deaf and dumb and blind with … greed. However, I never win! But, despite the fact that I am never lucky, I always buy another ticket, that is, I keep feeling the brief, dreamy, kind delight yet another time. Another ticket, another love… Can you feel the colours now? Watch the video and feel the music.
A bit of history: William Butler Yeats is an acclaimed Irish poet and major playwright. He was considered a political and cultural leader in Ireland and as such was appointed senator of the Irish Free State in 1922. His approach to Arts started in his early years in County Sligo (Ireland) where he lived with his father, a famous painter at that time; but it was only when he moved to London that he discovered the new poetry trends in Fleet Street, a very prolific area close to St Paul’s Cathedral where British journalism was in its heyday.
Video from youtube, picture from google images.