Aedh Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven (1899)Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,Enwrought with golden and silver light,The blue and the dim and the dark clothsOf night and light and the half-light,I would spread the cloths under your feet:But I, being poor, have only my dreams;I have spread my dreams under your feet;Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
This is one of the most requested poems for people to recite atweddings. The poem was chosen to illustrate the monument toYeats in the graveyard in Drumcliff, Co. Sligo where he is buried.Q. What do you think makes this poem so popular?
Q. Think of the different associations we might make of the heart? Or water?What are the different associations we might make of ‘dreams’?
This is a ‘wordle’ of the poem that shows, in order of size, thewords that are repeated the most often. What does this revealabout the diction and rhyme scheme?
Q. Sign onto the internet and go to the wordle website. Click oncreate and paste the poem that I e-mailed you earlier in theweek into the space provided. What does this reveal about theother poems he was writing at this time?
A contemporary of Wordsworth, in 1817 the Romantic poet John Keats introduced theidea of negative capability in a letter to a friend: ‘when man is capable of being inuncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.’Suggesting that literature can hold multiple meanings at once without contradiction.Identify the ambiguities in The Lake Isle of Innisfree and Aedh Wishes for the Cloths ofHeaven and write a paragraph exploring the possible multiple meanings.