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The Rose Tree
Author: William Butler Yeats
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1. First draft.
Extent of text: 700 words
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Text ID Number: E910001-061
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Written on 7 April 1917; first published in The Dial in November 1920 (A. Norman Jeffares, p. 230).
Literature (a small selection)
- W. B. Yeats, The Autobiography of William Butler Yeats, consisting of Reveries over childhood and youth, The trembling of the veil, and Dramatis personae (New York 1938).
- Richard Ellmann, Yeats: The Man and the Masks. Corrected edition with a new preface (Oxford 1979). [First published New York 1948; reprinted London 1961.]
- Peter Allt and Russell K. Alspach, The Variorum Edition of the Poems of W.B. Yeats (New York: Macmillan 1957).
- W. B. Yeats, Essays and Introductions (New York: Macmillan 1961).
- W. B. Yeats, Explorations: selected by Mrs W. B. Yeats (London/New York: Macmillan 1962).
- Richard Ellmann, The Identity of Yeats (New York 1964).
- Georges-Denis Zimmermann, Irish Political Street Ballads and Rebel Songs (Geneva 1966) 7172. [Makes reference to the ballad 'The Liberty Tree', which in Jeffares p. 230 is suggested to have influenced Yeats].
- A. Norman Jeffares, A New Commentary on the Poems of W.B. Yeats (Stanford 1984).
- A general bibliography is available online at the official web site of the Nobel Prize. See: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1923/yeats-bibl.html
- Pádraic H. Pearse, The Coming Revolution, in: Political Writings and Speeches. (Dublin 1924) 8999.
The edition used in the digital edition
- William Butler Yeats The Rose Tree in , Ed. Richard J. Finneran The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats. Macmillan Press, London, (1991) pages 185
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Language: [EN] The poem is in English.
Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition: E910001-061
The Rose Tree: Author: William Butler Yeats
- 'O words are lightly spoken,'
Said Pearse to Connolly,
'Maybe a breath of politic words
Has withered our Rose Tree;
Or maybe but a wind that blows
Across the bitter sea.'
- 'It needs to be but watered,'
James Connolly replied,
'To make the green come out again
And spread on every side,
And shake the blossom from the bud
To be the garden's pride.'
- 'But where can we draw water,'
Said Pearse to Connolly,
'When all the wells are parched away?
O plain as plain can be
There's nothing but our own red blood
Can make a right Rose Tree.'