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Never Give All The Heart Analysis



Author: poem of William Butler Yeats Type: poem Views: 44

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Never give all the heart, for love

Will hardly seem worth thinking of

To passionate women if it seem

Certain, and they never dream

That it fades out from kiss to kiss;

For everything that's lovely is

But a brief, dreamy.  Kind delight.

O never give the heart outright,

For they, for all smooth lips can say,

Have given their hearts up to the play.

And who could play it well enough

If deaf and dumb and blind with love?

He that made this knows all the cost,

For he gave all his heart and lost.






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But what is the meaning of [If deaf and dumb and blind with love?]

| Posted on 2015-04-15 | by a guest


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why did he wrote this kind of poem? someone pls help me.

| Posted on 2013-04-29 | by a guest


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Beautiful poem, but is he right? im not so sure. Yeats is saying that he lost his love (Maud Gonne) because he loved her too much, gave her ALL his heart and made that clear, thus she loses interest, the excitment is gone; the game is up. I dont think that Maud loved him as much as he loved her, regardless of how the \'game\' unfolded. Surely if we find true love we can give our whole heart, i hope so. Yeats is broken by the unrequited love he felt for Maud, i hope it is not beyond our capabilities as mortals to recover from a love unrequited..

| Posted on 2012-11-28 | by a guest


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The repetition of the word play, meaning game cannot be interpreted by judging the female’s figure, as she was playing with his feelings. Once the poem was written by a man, the word play appears by his choice and may suggest how men treat love, passion and women somehow, looking at the poem by the general male perspective. Yeats has referred about love as a game, and we all know that in a game someone may win or lose. It may be a very cliché view, but fundamental in the analysis of the females’ roles and participation in many poems. Firstly, that the feminine figure appears heavily in love poems, which may be very biased at some point, by relegating women\'s participation only to that, and I am not saying that this is negative, but for sure it is not enough, we all know women have participation in every sphere of society, even in Yeats’ time, despite the strong presence of a conservative, patriarchal and chauvinist society. If we make a brief reminder about some Cantigas de Amor e Cantigas de Amigo, from the Portuguese literature, we will see that the love game towards ‘a coita de amor’, the postures, the codes were much more highlighted than the feeling itself, and it may be what happens in Yeats’ poem. NCosta, 2012.

| Posted on 2012-05-20 | by a guest


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What is this poem about? someone help me as soon as possible pleasee :)

| Posted on 2011-11-30 | by a guest


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What is this poem about? someone help me as soon as possible pleasee :)

| Posted on 2011-11-30 | by a guest


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Before entering a relationship you should be open to the possibility that forever is never an option.

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


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This poem is straightforward. While most agree that this is a warning, the audience to whom this warning is issued is clear (regardless of gender). Also, a love that fades from kiss to kiss isn\'t something passionate women dream of, but Yeats reminds/warns the readers of its reality.

| Posted on 2011-04-05 | by a guest


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William Butler Yeats did deserve to be loved . Maude Gomme was a foolish maiden and had no genuine wit.History sees her as a failure not a heroine. She probably does not rest in peace but in the deepest horror of regret.

| Posted on 2010-10-30 | by a guest


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hey pplz hi how r u i have gotta do this poema para mi classse lmao i like it uit is very interesantesz :).

| Posted on 2010-06-01 | by a guest


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William Yeats poem ‘Never Give All the Heart’ as the title suggests, is a poem that represents a warning to those currently in a relationship but also as advice to those about to enter a relationship or those who have just ended a relationship. The poem suggests that ‘overlove’ can have adverse effects on a relationship and, instead, that one should moderate their feelings toward their partner. The poem describes a man in love with a woman and ‘he gave all his heart’ clearly suggests the depth of love that the man has for her. However, the final word ‘lost’ changes the tone and suggests that the love was overbearing. The repetitious use of the word ‘play’ also seems to suggests that the woman was treating love like a game. Thus, it serves as a warning to men, to be wary of a tease, the women that take joy in another’s loss of ease, the Pebbles. Chasing someone isn’t necessarily the way to fall in love. Which still leaves the reader to wonder, how do you fall in love?
The tone of the poem is a standout feature of this poem which delivers the purpose of the poem to the reader. The final line ‘for he gave all his heart and lost’ emanates feelings of sorrow and remorse to the author’s mistake. The poem is very gentle, and highlights the good things in a relationship ‘passionate... kiss...lovely... delight’. He ‘he gave all his heart’ the poet could be overcome with grief and laden with feelings of sadness mixed with anger. Instead, the poet chose to write a more mellow poem. The use of end rhyme mixed with the array of soft words aids to deliver the message of the poem, both a warning and as well as advice for all of us, ‘never give all the heart’.

| Posted on 2010-05-30 | by a guest


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The 'passionate women' are those who have no intention of true love or the deep satisfaction that's gained in it. 'It fades from kiss to kiss' because it is so shallow, there is nothing to sustain it. These 'women' fear the pain that love brings at times. But, anything worth having requires some degree of sacrifice to gain. Sacrifice is antonymous to selfishness which is what these 'women' suffer from. Therefore, since the heart is not given, the love is not gained. Whatsoever you sow, that shall you also reap. And you always reap more than you sow. The 'loss' that is felt is never as great as the love that is gained. Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote, 'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.'

| Posted on 2010-04-18 | by a guest


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I believe that he was kindly warning us to not totally become the beloved and leave oneself behind. to chase someone is not the way to have them fall in love with you, i would have deeply loved William Butler Yeats but had maude Gomme done just that, we would have not poetry and the world needs poetry. thankyou Mr. Yeats. You deserved to be loved deeply and to be cherished.

| Posted on 2009-10-31 | by a guest


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It's about Yeats' bitterness towards the female race. He has been scorned and the poem serves as a warning to all men to be warey of a tease, a woman that enjoys the chase and has no intention to be caught. "Never give the heart outright", instead do what these women do and take it with a pinch of salt. Even though the poem is about a woman I still feel that it is just as revelent to women as men, whether Yeats intended that is argueable. It is important that woman see how their actions affect those around them and focus clearly to ensure the men in their lives are taking it with the same level of seriousness or light heartedness as themselves. This is a cynical poem but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

| Posted on 2009-09-23 | by a guest


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I think this poem recognises the power of the woman. It represents the male perception of female superiority in amorous love. Inequality or imbalance is magnified by mans insecurity, and the game empowers women. Male fantasy and female reality make men and women incompatible in love.

| Posted on 2009-09-11 | by a guest


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I think this poem is talking about the 'blind' nature of love on two levels. Outsiders are unable to understand and comprehend the feelings that two people in love have for each other because they are unique to that specific couple. But love can also be blind to those in love, whereby outsiders have a clearer perspective on what is going on because they are not emotionally attached. Emotions play a big part in love but not for those in it for the 'play' of the game. So i see that this poem is acting as a warning for those in 'love' to be careful with their heart and who they give it to. It also sounds like the writings of/or about someone who has been burnt by love or the 'game' and will always be wary of giving his whole heart.

| Posted on 2009-07-20 | by a guest


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blah blah we are the best ever! thats kylie and bethany! haha

| Posted on 2009-05-26 | by a guest


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Love is a game: before the lovers have confessed their love to each other, there is play about power, about trust; the tempting, the resisting, the teasing, the mutual gauging for worthiness. To a woman with passion this game fills them with confidence, and it may seem worth more to them than love itself. To give your heart at this stage means denying them the pleasure of the game, and they will turn from you. (mendel)

| Posted on 2009-04-28 | by a guest


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I think this poem may also suggest that if one person is more in love then their partner, and it is obvious, it is a turn off. Words like "Play" suggest a peception of love as a game. To me, this signifies that one must modify their feelings to suit whats being given back to them even if they feel more in love then they are showing. One must moderate their feelings or they will lose the person. It's very sad, but in many cases it is true.

| Posted on 2009-04-10 | by a guest


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I think that the poem refers to the fact that when one is young and foolish, they can be hasty and throw everything away. Young people need to learn to think while on their feet; if they don't, they'll lose everything- especially when it comes to matters of the heart. Love can be slippery and get away from you, if you let it get the better of you.

| Posted on 2008-09-10 | by a guest




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