Nice Yeats Poem and James Prosek


Remember James Prosek?  I’m linking his name to the part of his web page that references a film he made.  By the way, here is a picture of the catalog for his show here in Richmond, VA at the Reynolds Gallery.

Real & Imagined James Prosek

I just watched the first chapter of the film on You Tube.  It is a wonderful little film, so far.   He talks about writing, visual arts, fishing, and mentions a Yeats poem called “The Song of Wandering Aengus”.  It is so beautiful, I wanted to share it with you.  I found it here



by: W.B. Yeats 

      WENT out to the hazel wood,
      Because a fire was in my head,
      And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
      And hooked a berry to a thread;
      And when white moths were on the wing,
      And moth-like stars were flickering out,
      I dropped the berry in a stream
      And caught a little silver trout.
      When I had laid it on the floor
      I went to blow the fire a-flame,
      But something rustled on the floor,
      And some one called me by my name:
      It had become a glimmering girl
      With apple blossom in her hair
      Who called me by my name and ran
      And faded through the brightening air.
      Though I am old with wandering
      Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
      I will find out where she has gone,
      And kiss her lips and take her hands;
      And walk among long dappled grass,
      And pluck till time and times are done
      The silver apples of the moon,
      The golden apples of the sun.
‘The Song of Wandering Aengus’ is reprinted from An Anthology of Modern Verse. Ed. A. Methuen. London: Methuen & Co., 1921.

2 Responses to “Nice Yeats Poem and James Prosek”

  1. […] to it since I’ve last seen it.  Remember James Prosek?  I wrote about him here and here.  I know the museum purchased one of his paintings, and I think it will be part of this […]

  2. stephanie joyce Says:

    Beautiful poem. very inspiring video too!

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