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To a Child Dancing in the Wind

To a Child Dancing in the Wind by W. B. Yeats is a poem about the innocence of youth.

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Yeats sees a girl dancing on the shore and sees she has no cares or worries, but she will one day when she has grown.

To a Child Dancing in the Wind by W. B. Yeats, image copyright Ireland Calling

To a Child Dancing in the Wind

Dance there upon the shore;
What need have you to care
For wind or water’s roar?
And tumble out your hair
That the salt drops have wet;
Being young you have not known
The fool’s triumph, nor yet
Love lost as soon as won,
Nor the best labourer dead
And all the sheaves to bind.
What need have you to dread
The monstrous crying of wind?

To a Child Dancing in the Wind by W. B. Yeats, image copyright Ireland Calling

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