I’m Just Here For The Poetry

I watched the movie Must Love Dogs freshman year, because my roommate was an incurable romantic comedy fan, and because I was sitting alone one night and thought a John Cusack/Diane Lane combination couldn’t possibly be bad.  I was wrong, and was thus subjected to one of the most disjointed plots I’ve ever encountered.

But there was a part in the film that struck me, and not just because it involved Christopher Plummer.  Because it involved Yeats.

Here’s the text of the poem.  I’ve been exploring Yeats lately, and have found this to be one of my favorites; it’s really lovely:

Brown Penny

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.

William Butler Yeats



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