Every week we come closer to finishing my top 100 Irish poems list. This week it is number 4. Of course, it is none other than W.B Yeats.
So who or what is this poem “The song of wandering Aengus” all about?
The poem is based around the mythical figure of Aengus who was a deity of the Tuatha Dé Danann associated with the great monument of Newgrange. It was first printed in 1897. I like to think of this poem as half song and half poem.
The poem transports you into a mythical world. There is a bit of irony to the poem. Aengus sets out as the fisherman and hooks his trout. But in the end, he is the one who is “caught” and drawn away towards the mystical world of his glimmering girl.
I hope you have enjoyed my short summary of the poem “The Song of Wandering Aengus”.
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Monday 29th of November 2021
I enjoy all the Irish poems. Being thought of as half song half poem, I thought of sending you the following link of a really funny Irish sick note