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He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by William Butler Yeats


"He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven" is a poem written by William Butler Yeats. These words are taken from "The Wind Among the Reeds", a longer work. This poem is about how Yeats is poor and had his dreams shattered by a woman he loves because of it. Yeats wishes that instead he was rich or even of royalty so the woman would be with him.

This poem is written as one stanza with eight lines. You could say this poem rhymes, but instead, it actually ends with the same words in every other line. For example, "cloths" is at the end of lines one and three while "light" is at the end of lines two and four.


He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

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