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Broken Dreams
This poem was published in 1917, just after Yeats' final proposal to Maud Gonne. At the time, Yeats was
fifty-two, and nearing old age. Themes include religion, aging, death and enduring love. The rhyme scheme is
marked in blue. This irregular rhyme scheme could be expressing Yeats' sense…

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Broken Dreams

something of
the past, and
never meant to
be.

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