In the Seven Woods

  • A. Norman Jeffares


Yeats wrote that he had made some of these poems

walking about among the Seven Woods, before the big wind of nineteen hundred and three blew down so many trees, & troubled the wild creatures, & changed the look of things; and I thought out there a good part of the play which follows [On Baile’s Strand]. The first shape of it came to me in a dream, but it changed much in the making, foreshadowing, it may be, a change that may bring a less dream-burdened will into my verses. I never re-wrote anything so many times; for at first I could not make these wills that stream into mere life poetical. But now I hope to do easily much more of the kind, and that our new Irish players will find the buskin and the sock. (ISW)


Blow Down Mortal Life Collect Poem Irish Literature Earthly Paradise 
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© A. Norman Jeffares 1968

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