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The Ragged Wood by William Butler Yeats


"The Ragged Wood" is a poem written by William Butler Yeats. This poem is basically about Yeats and a woman falling in love when no one would have thought it possible. He says that he was a "stag" (someone who goes to parties alone) and she wasa "Pale silver-proud queen-woman of the sky", meaning someone who acts like a princess. However, despite their social aspects, they fell in love.

"The Ragged Wood" is written as three stanzas with four lines in each. It is not written in any sort of rhyme scheme. Nonetheless, the last line of each stanza ends with "ever loved but you and I!". The lines also vary in terms of syllables.


The Ragged Wood

O, hurry, where by water, among the trees,
The delicate-stepping stag and his lady sigh,
When they have looked upon their images 
Would none had ever loved but you and I!

Or have you heard that sliding silver-shoed
Pale silver-proud queen-woman of the sky,
When the sun looked out of his golden hood? 
O, that none ever loved but you and I!

O hurry to the ragged wood, for there
I will drive all those lovers out and cry 
O, my share of the world, O, yellow hair!
No one has ever loved but you and I.

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