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The Choice Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Butler Yeats Type: Poetry Views: 605





The intellect of man is forced to choose

perfection of the life, or of the work,

And if it take the second must refuse

A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.

When all that story's finished, what's the news?

In luck or out the toil has left its mark:

That old perplexity an empty purse,

Or the day's vanity, the night's remorse.










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He's also using light in negative space as he mentions "dark." If you choose work you're making your life here on earth, those tangible things that all can see. By taking the second, you are giving up the mansion that exists in the beyond.

| Posted on 2014-02-18 | by a guest


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could you explain this poem to me please? i am trying to write about it but i do not really understand what it means...gracias amigos

| Posted on 2012-04-01 | by a guest


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The intellect of man is forced to choose
perfection of the life, or of the work,
((You can be a pure man or an artist, but not both, as the focus is different.))
And if it take the second must refuse
A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.
((The damnation of the artist starts long before his death. Alone, at the edge of reason, he struggles with great passion for something as yet unknown in the experience of humankind.))
When all that story's finished, what's the news?
((When his life is over, what is his obituary, the highlights of his life?))
In luck or out the toil has left its mark:
((Whether he succeeds as an artist of not, he will be changed by the effort and the soul searching of his work and there are consequences:))
That old perplexity an empty purse,
Or the day's vanity, the night's remorse.
((That old cliché of the starving artist. He will be a poor man all his life or if there is recognition enough for money, will it still be work to be proud of? He is saying something more here. About the doubt that brings great work. Even the best work is not perfect. That can haunt you. The praise of those that don't spend all their time striving for art is more flattery than valued opinion. You may get drunk on their words and wine and take comfort, but as you sober and return to the dark places of the heart that an artist must dwell, these things seem foolish and frivolous. The word perplexity suggests the confusion of a drunk that finds his purse empty, but doesn't remember spending the money. It disappears all too soon, as it always has. Like peace of mind for an artist.))
I'm no literary critic, but I know what I like. ;)
Richard Carling

| Posted on 2010-03-21 | by a guest




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