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The Ballad Of Father Gilligan Analysis

Author: Poetry of William Butler Yeats Type: Poetry Views: 449

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The Rose1893The old priest Peter Gilligan

Was weary night and day;

For half his flock were in their beds,

Or under green sods lay.Once, while he nodded on a chair,

At the moth-hour of eve,

Another poor man sent for him,

And he began to grieve.'I have no rest, nor joy, nor peace,

For people die and die';

And after cried he, 'God forgive!

My body spake, not I!'He knelt, and leaning on the chair

He prayed and fell asleep;

And the moth-hour went from the fields,

And stars began to peep.They slowly into millions grew,

And leaves shook in the wind;

And God covered the world with shade,

And whispered to mankind.Upon the time of sparrow-chirp

When the moths came once more.

The old priest Peter Gilligan

Stood upright on the floor.'Mavrone, mavrone! the man has died

While I slept on the chair';

He roused his horse out of its sleep,

And rode with little care.He rode now as he never rode,

By rocky lane and fen;

The sick man's wife opened the door:

'Father! you come again!''And is the poor man dead?' he cried.

'He died an hour ago.'

The old priest Peter Gilligan

In grief swayed to and fro.'When you were gone, he turned and died

As merry as a bird.'

The old priest Peter Gilligan

He knelt him at that word.'He Who hath made the night of stars

For souls who tire and bleed,

Sent one of His great angels down

To help me in my need.'He Who is wrapped in purple robes,

With planets in His care,

Had pity on the least of things

Asleep upon a chair.'


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I want to know all the figure of speech of the poem.
The ballad of father gilligan

| Posted on 2015-09-23 | by a guest

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my question is that how is god protective and merciful to his man kind in ballad of father gilligan?

| Posted on 2011-11-15 | by a guest

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pls pls pls teach me d analysis 4 dis poem i hve it 4 exam

| Posted on 2011-06-11 | by a guest

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pls pls pls teach me d analysis 4 dis poem i hve it 4 exam

| Posted on 2011-06-11 | by a guest

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my question is..
the ballad of father gilligan not only throws light on the problem of human life and failings of human character but also proves the power and mercy of omniscient one.discuss

| Posted on 2010-11-28 | by a guest

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can u please tell me the stanza wise summary of this poem. i need to do a project.

| Posted on 2010-08-29 | by a guest

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i need to write a 300 word summary of this poem. can you please help me?

| Posted on 2010-08-24 | by a guest

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pls ne1 explain the figures of speech in dis poem

| Posted on 2010-06-16 | by a guest

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can you please provide the students with some notes on this poem as it is in our syllabus.

| Posted on 2010-05-18 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2009-09-29 | by a guest

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This poem actually means that if our interntions are correct then everything ll be fine cuz it says that he complained to the man who needed help and later realized tht he made a mistake, then after waking up he realizes that he had to visit that person who wanted help and took a horse and reached fast, and asked the wife that how was the men she told "He died peacefully after u left" then he thaught tht how did this happen if he was sleeping and dint visit, then later he realizes that god sent an angel in his form to help him

| Posted on 2009-08-07 | by a guest

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Go to W.B. Yeats: The rose guide/summery and analysis. You will find some information which may help. So glad to see you are interested in this wonderful poem which as time goes on will be a source of joy to you. Keep your work up and good luck TO to you.

| Posted on 2009-05-16 | by a guest

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i love this poem . its in our syllabus.so i need the explaination. please help

| Posted on 2008-11-15 | by a guest

.: Father Gilligan :.

This poem is often remembered by me, as a nurse I can relate only too well to these words and their significance . My own ineptness ,my tiredness, striving to be all things to all people and failing miserably at times and human fraiity. It must ring true with all those of us who struggle to do the right thing against all odds it bring comfort to us to feel perhaps there is a "Force" far greater than ourselves who at times makes decisions we cannot change leaving us with resigned acceptence!

| Posted on 2007-06-26 | by a guest

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