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Who Goes With Fergus?

William Butler Yeats

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Added by: Leonard Cottrell
Two perfect sestets, ABCABC.

Perfect tetrameter.

Who will go drive with Fergus now,
And pierce the deep wood's woven shade,
And dance upon the level shore?
Young man, lift up your russet brow,
And lift your tender eyelids, maid,
And brood on hopes and fear no more.

And no more turn aside and brood
Upon love's bitter mystery;
For Fergus rules the brazen cars,
And rules the shadows of the wood,
And the white breast of the dim sea
And all dishevelled wandering stars.

Yes the dance along shore and the dishevelled stars are fine but can you imagine this working without the music of its patterned rhyme and rhythm? If you memorize it so you can recite it, the rhyme-pattern will aid you and become part of the poem. ABCABC sestet is
especially good that way.

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