A Drinking Song by W.B. Yeats


W.B. Yeats had a gift for leaving readers with a lot to think about even when using  just a few words.  His poem “A Drinking Song” is simple and straightforward while also holding an unknown complexity. Just what does that sigh at the end mean?


A Drinking Song

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.


Other Poems about Drinking:

Working Habits (George Starbuck)

Get Drunk (Charles Baudelaire)

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