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An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

by W.B. Yeats

Death Quotes

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Quote #4

The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death (14-16)

That word "seemed" is important here. If the future only "seemed" a "waste of breath," that doesn't mean it actually is. It is possible, then, that "this life, this death" really isn't all that?

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