Of course, in my rose-tinted memories, there are no stressful exams or papers to write, instead I imagine myself sitting on the quad, leisurely reading the classics.
After a turn around the campus, I visited the Old Library with its illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells. Yes, I was definitely in the land of saints and scholars now. Like most Dublin attractions, the library exits through the gift shop.
Or these rugby balls (perfect for recreating that toss on the quad).
Would it be read once, then end up buried in my stacks of books, quickly forgotten with the others?
While I have been guilty of other “aspirational” souvenirs, this time, Yeats was a keeper. I keep my copy on my nightstand, and it was soon joined by other forgotten favorites from my stacks. Now, instead of reading in bed by the light of blaring ipad screen, I gently lull myself to sleep with a favorite verse.
Flip the book open to one of my favorite poems and you’ll see why– Yeats was not only a revered poet, but also a very accessible one. Fortunately, as of 2010, Yeats’ work entered the public domain, so I can reprint it in full here:
When You are Old by William Butler Yeats
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
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