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Brown Penny Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Butler Yeats Type: Poetry Views: 2049

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I WHISPERED, "I am too young,"

And then, "I am old enough";

Wherefore I threw a penny

To find out if I might love.

"Go and love, go and love, young man,

If the lady be young and fair."

Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,

I am looped in the loops of her hair.

O love is the crooked thing,

There is nobody wise enough

To find out all that is in it,

For he would be thinking of love

Till the stars had run away

And the shadows eaten the moon.

Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,

One cannot begin it too soon.










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hi this poem is clearly about William Butler Yeats love life. he thinks if he is old enough or if he is ready.he is also trying to find out if he should love or not to love (this is hard for him because he had three failed proposals to his true love). all william can think about is her. he also says that nobody can understand love. and in the ending of the poem he tells us if you just dit there and think about love your going to go crazy, just go out there and love
-lisa (8th grader when written)

| Posted on 2014-09-20 | by a guest


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i think im just gonna go back to playing assassins creed.... i hate poetry

| Posted on 2011-05-29 | by a guest


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i have to pick a poem for english, and this is the poem i chose, bc i really liked it when i was watching the movie must love dogs,
it really makes a good point, its so very clear.
it doesnt matter what age you are, if your young or old, you can start loving whenever your heart is in it. whenever its that person who made you fall in love. sometime you may not even realize that you even love that person. it just takes time...

| Posted on 2010-04-07 | by a guest


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clearly this dude was chasing some mad poon.
he is such an epic pimp that he flips coins to see if hes getting laid :)

| Posted on 2009-11-30 | by a guest


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8====D ;)
duuddee this poem is the shizzlenizzle

| Posted on 2009-11-30 | by a guest


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Yeats writes not only of himself, but of any man or Woman, it is a cycling event, a concept that transcends generations, such as the negation of the negation. It is a social and interpersonal phenomena to feel or perceive that we must "come of age" in a sense, before we are ready to embrace something fully, what ever that something may be, in this case love. When he speaks of the penny, he speaks of the gamble that is love, because now, feeling ready "old enough", it is still the same gamble he would have taken earlier on, but not only this, but when he states that no man is wise enough to know all that is in it; talking to a penny about love is just as useful as talking to anyone else about it, for the concept of love is true expression of the theory of relativity.
ADW

| Posted on 2009-02-15 | by a guest


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Kings of writing poetry describe various objects and
Ideas by using many descriptive words and they also
Stimulate the reader's minds with vocabulary that
Summerizes the point or points that they are trying to
Make the reader understand and visualize so that me and
You can create our own impressions of the story and
Allow for more depths to be reached and our thoughts
Shall soar up above that of one who has yet to read it.
See my real message-read the first letter of each line

| Posted on 2009-01-20 | by a guest


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Kings of writing poetry describe various objects and Ideas by using many descriptive words and they also
Stimulate the reader's minds with vocabulary that Summerizes the point or points that they are trying to
Make the reader understand and visualize so that me and
You can create our own impressions of the story and
Allow for more depths to be reached and our thoughts
Shall soar up above that of one who has yet to read it.
See my real message-read the first letter of each line

| Posted on 2008-12-31 | by a guest


.: :.

Kings of writing poetry describe various objects and Ideas by using many descriptive words and they also
Stimulate the reader's minds with vocabulary that Summerizes the point or points that they are trying to
Make the reader understand and visualize so that me and
You can create our own impressions of the story and
Allow for more depths to be reached and our thoughts
Shall soar up above that of one who has yet to read it.
See my real message-read the first letter of each line

| Posted on 2008-12-31 | by a guest


.: :.

Kings of writing poetry describe various objects and Ideas by using many descriptive words and they also
Stimulate the reader's minds with vocabulary that Summerizes the point or points that they are trying to
Make the reader understand and visualize so that me and
You can create our own impressions of the story and
Allow for more depths to be reached and our thoughts
Shall soar up above that of one who has yet to read it.
See my real message-read the first letter of each line

| Posted on 2008-12-31 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2008-08-07 | by a guest


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george, george, george of the jungle watch out for that x you to watch out for that tree dumbass

| Posted on 2008-08-07 | by a guest


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Sometimes there are words that can be really hard for understanding and can be really really really really
confusing to the people who read and write them. People
kill to see things that make sense to them like poems.
More people each year die and it is bad. A reason why
your report of this poem is bad is cause it has and
does not have many things such as the real talk and
intimacy between the reader and the writer which is
crucial in writing critiques of poems. People start to
kill things when they do not understand them correctly.
Anyways just read down the first column-seemyrealmsg

| Posted on 2008-05-29 | by a guest


.: Brown Penny :.

at first yeats claims he is too young to love,
but then decides he is old enough
still, he tosses a penny to see if it will agree with his decision
and the penny tells him to go love
"if the lady be young and fair"
then yeats fears that love is too complicated to learn about
until many years of experience has taught him
but in reality there is no one wise enough to really know about love
and you don't have to know everything to begin
so it is never too soon to start

| Posted on 2008-05-19 | by a guest


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Your points are very good. I however dont think that this poem is about Maud. It is however about his love life.

| Posted on 2008-05-16 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2008-05-15 | by a guest


.: review of brown penny :.


Brown Penny—William Butler Yeats
Brown Penny was written by Yeats in 1910 after three fail proposals to Maud Gonne and before the last passionless proposal to her, who was an heiress and ardent Nationalist. The symbol in this poem is the double-sided brown “penny”. He throws a penny high up in the air, trying to decide whether or not he should go search for a new love. This brown penny is like the two-side fate which shadows all over him. In this poem, there are descriptions and images showing the two sides, such as “young” and ”old”,” crooked” and “wise”, “brown “and “fair”, “looped ”and “loops of her hair”, ”shadow” and ”moon”, “star” and “run away”, “too soon” and ”too soon” etc.
In the first line, he says” I am too young”, while in the second line, he says” I am old enough”. This contradistinction shows his doubt about whether he is too young to love or just too old for that or, maybe, this indicates that his emotional growth is ready for a great love.
In the 14th line, “”the shadows eaten the moon” demonstrates a contrast scenery of brightness and darkness, which is the exact reflection of the inside world of Yeats. He has been turned down by Maud for 3 times, while he was still hoping the show up of the magic which might return Maud to him. The thick dark wound in his heart drives him to render his life to the two-side penny or, more exactly, the chance in a bright hope for a good ending with a woman “young and fair”, who could be Maud or someone else. Or, this can just mean a hopeful heart being destroyed by the unresisted darkness of a cruel heart.
In Brown Penny, not only the complicated images show the contrast but also the structure. The first 8 lines is full of persuasive tone that encourage himself to love no matter what. Such as “I am old enough”, “Go and love young man”, “if the lady be young and fair”. However, it dramatically turns the point at the beginning of 9th line, a rational and critic voice stands out and tries to kill all the enthusiasm Yeats heartily brewed at the beginning by saying “love is the crooked thing, there is nobody wise enough to find out all that is in it.” These two thoughts can be interpreted as the dilemma of his minds at the point of throwing the brown penny and before he can tell whether it’s “head” or “tail”. Besides, he doesn’t say which side means “go and love” and which means “don’t try”. Thus, when he is throwing the brown penny, he has no idea what he might get from this two-side brown penny, or maybe, he is just playing with it, and unwilling to know the result. He simply wants to follow his heat and enjoy (maybe) soaking him in the deep turbid water of entangled streams of emotions.
IN the final couplets, which make the poem a complete sonnet, Yeats concludes it with an ambiguous ending by saying”One cannot begin it too soon”, which can mean one is very anxious and can’t wait to fall in love or, one can’t fall in love that soon for his is not ready yet. Yeats wraps up his story of the brown penny with an untold ending which reflects the complex combination of hesitance and venture about falling in love, just as the two sides of a brown penny existing weirdly and reasonably within one.


| Posted on 2007-10-16 | by a guest




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