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In Memory of W.B. Yeats

In Memory of W.B. Yeats


by W.H. Auden

Section III, Stanza 5 Summary

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Lines 58-61

With the farming of a verse
Make a vineyard of the curse,
Sing of human unsuccess
In a rapture of distress;

  • Wow. No shiny, pretty, happy things here. In fact, not a lot of hope at all.
  • What might a "rapture of distress" look like on the page? We're guessing not too pretty.

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