1910 | Ireland

Here’s Looking at You, Kid

W.B. Yeats on love and wine.

Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.


W.B. Yeats

“A Drinking Song.” The poet’s barrister-turned-painter father, John Butler Yeats, recalled reading some of his son’s early verses and remarking, “We have given a tongue to the sea cliffs.” Yeats published his first poem at the age of twenty in 1885, helped to found the Irish Literary Theatre in 1899, became a senator in the new Irish Free State in 1922, and one year later received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Because of poor health, he resigned from the senate in 1928, the same year he published “Sailing to Byzantium,” which begins, “That is no country for old men.”