What then?

What then?

Original Text

Yeats, William Butler. W. B. Yeats: Selected Poetry: 184. Ed. by A. Norman Jeffares. London: Macmillan, 1968.

1His chosen comrades thought at school
2He must grow a famous man;
3He thought the same and lived by rule,
4All his twenties crammed with toil;
5'What then?' sang Plato's ghost. 'What then?'
6Everything he wrote was read,
7After certain years he won
8Sufficient money for his need,
9Friends that have been friends indeed;
10'What then?' sang Plato's ghost. ' What then?'
11All his happier dreams came true--
12A small old house, wife, daughter, son,
13Grounds where plum and cabbage grew,
14Poets and Wits about him drew;
15'What then.?' sang Plato's ghost. 'What then?'
16The work is done,' grown old he thought,
17'According to my boyish plan;
18Let the fools rage, I swerved in naught,
19Something to perfection brought';
20But louder sang that ghost, 'What then?'
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Publication Notes

Last Poems (1936-1939)

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Ian Lancashire, assisted by Ana Berdinskikh
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