Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I'm Voting for W. B. Yeats

I'm voting for Yeats - Best poster by far.

So what did he say about the recession. Well maybe this-
Part V in the sequence Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen from The Tower.
I like the last stanza especially, all would-be stand-up comedians take note, we traffic in mockery indeed.

Come let us mock at the great
That had such burdens on the mind
And toiled so hard and late

To leave some monument behind,

Nor thought of the levelling wind.

Come let us mock at the wise;

With all those calendars whereon
They fixed old aching eyes,

They never saw how seasons run,

And now but gape at the sun.

Come let us mock at the good

That fancied goodness might be gay,

And sick of solitude

Might proclaim a holiday:

Wind shrieked - and where are they?

Mock mockers after that

That would not lift a hand maybe
To help good, wise or great

To bar that foul storm out, for we

Traffic in mockery.

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