He (Aedh) Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven, by WB Yeats


WB Yeats, the Symbolist poet influenced by the Romantics and by legend and folklore, creates beautiful poetry full of symblism that portrays abstract ideas. This particular one explores the idealistic wishes one has when in love versus the realism of his situation and what he can give. So in love, but too poor to buy all he wishes to bestow upon his love, he instead gives his dreams, his heart, himself with all that he can.


“Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

— WB Yeats —

A short but beautiful poem. Yeats draws well on his inspirations and creates a wonderfully abstract poem about love, materialism and hope, a one sided poem of devotion and wishes. The imagery and symbolism is truly rich and gorgeous in this poem, thus it is definitely a favourite of mine.


A little poetry post today as I had a super busy day yesterday since it was Christmas! I will have another Blogmas wrap-up post coming, a book haul, and some others plus I will try to do some blog hopping before the new year and catch up with all your lovely posts! Happy Holidays everyone!

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