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On being asked for a War Poem

"On being asked for a War Poem" is a poem by William Butler Yeats. Written in 1919, near the end of World War I, it shows the poet's empathy for the statesman and his difficult position.

Poem text

I THINK it better that in times like these A poet keep his mouth shut, for in truth We have no gift to set a statesman right; He has had enough of meddling who can please A young girl in the indolence of her youth, Or an old man upon a winter’s night.

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