CRAZY JANE TALKS WITH THE BISHOP BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS

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Begin by describing the content or "story" of the poem. Tell what the poem is about. Next describe the tone the speaker takes towards the material noting any figurative language in the poem. After this identify the metrical features of the poem leading to an identification of the form, if possible. Finally, evaluate the poem. Is this a successful poem? Why or why not?

 

Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop

BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS

 

I met the Bishop on the road 

And much said he and I. 

`Those breasts are flat and fallen now 

Those veins must soon be dry; 

Live in a heavenly mansion, 

Not in some foul sty.' 

 

`Fair and foul are near of kin, 

And fair needs foul,' I cried. 

'My friends are gone, but that's a truth 

Nor grave nor bed denied, 

Learned in bodily lowliness 

And in the heart's pride. 

 

`A woman can be proud and stiff 

When on love intent; 

But Love has pitched his mansion in 

The place of excrement; 

For nothing can be sole or whole 

That has not been rent.'

 

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