W. B. Yeats, The Sorrow of Love

As the title indicates, this poem discusses the sorrow associated with love. The first stanza sets the scene of a full moon and the night sky. The second stanza addresses the narrator’s antagonist, the woman with whom he is fighting. The woman is addressed as “you” and she’s described as having “red mournful lips” and eyes full of “a world’s tears”. The sparrows mentioned in the first stanza are mentioned again in the third stanza. The moon is likewise mentioned but instead of being “full round” it is now “crumbling.” The first and last stanza bookend the argument between the lovers by both opening and closing the setting. The fight is never discussed in detail because like a lot of fights, perhaps it does not matter.

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