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August 13, 2008


Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,  
Enwrought with golden and silver light,  
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths  
Of 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.


William Butler Yeats

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04:08 AM Sep 01 2008



Hey Agnolia, glad you appreciate the poem, it is beautifull indeed, sorry about the late reply, some health-issues, but let me try to explain.

"enwrought" is similar to "inwrougth", meaning: "wrought or worked in, as a decorative pattern."

So he means to say that the "cloth" of heaven is decorated, embroided, with golden and silver light. As if the light was sewed, as a pattern, on the robe of heaven.

"Aedh" is an invented character and the speaker of this poem. Yeats wrote another poem, a myth, and from this poem came 3 characters: Robartes, Hanrahan and Aedh. Together, these 3 persons form "the principles of the mind". In this poem he refers to one of these 3 characters.

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
From Irish origine. Wrote some magnificent poetry. He even got a nobel price for litirature.

Hope to have explained your questions whit this,

kind regards,



12:23 PM Aug 13 2008


Russian Federation

Oonah! I feel that this poem very beautifulOand has subtle irony. However I cannot understand some words such as Aedh and unwrought. i believe  that is some out od dates English, cause I couldn't find those words  in the dictanary,

Perhaps Aeds=Hades

Could you help me please to satisfy my request? One more thing I would like to know what century does this poet belong? Iam eager to know.....