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To a Young Girl by William Butler Yeats


"To a Young Girl" is a poem written by William Butler Yeats. This poem is about a female who broke Yeats' heart in order for the girl to please her mother. He says that even though he knows she loves him, she still did it. He says, "Who broke my heart for her" (referring to the girl breaking her heart for her mother) and yet he "Set all her blood astir" and "glittered in her eyes".

"To a Young Girl" is a single stanza written as eleven lines. It is written with the rhyme schene ABABABCDCDEC.


To a Young Girl

My dear, my dear, I know
More than another
What makes your heart beat so;
Not even your own mother
Can know it as I know,
Who broke my heart for her
When the wild thought,
That she denies
And has forgot,
Set all her blood astir
And glittered in her eyes.

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