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W.B. Yeats (1865–1939).  The Wild Swans at Coole.  1919.

30. On being asked for a War Poem


I THINK it better that in times like these 
A poet keep his mouth shut, for in truth 
We have no gift to set a statesman right; 
He has had enough of meddling who can please 
A young girl in the indolence of her youth,         5
Or an old man upon a winter’s night. 


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