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The Fascination Of What's Difficult

William Butler Yeats

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Added by: Leonard Cottrell
honest, takes you inside, humorous (does not exagerate frustrations of poet working in theater, but mangages to use a classical symbol Pegasus in a homely way)

The fascination of what's difficult
Has dried the sap out of my veins, and rent
Spontaneous joy and natural content
Out of my heart. There's something ails our colt
That must, as if it had not holy blood
Nor on Olympus leaped from cloud to cloud,
Shiver under the lash, strain, sweat and jolt
As though it dragged road-metal. My curse on plays
That have to be set up in fifty ways,
On the day's war with every knave and dolt,
Theatre business, management of men.
I swear before the dawn comes round again
I'll find the stable and pull out the bolt.

ABBACCADDAEEA, very cool intriguing scheme for a 13 line stanza. I don't know of any other poem in any language that has it.
You take 5 copies of A and jam couplets in between them which takes four couplets (8 lines) like the four spaces between your five fingers.
Effect of whipcrack sonnet but one less line and faster (no pause).
Should have a name.
Straight out of life.

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