CRAZY JANE TALKS WITH THE BISHOP BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
Begin by describing the content or “story” of the poem. Tell what the poem is about. Next describe the tone the speaker takes towards the material noting any figurative language in the poem. After this identify the metrical features of the poem leading to an identification of the form, if possible. Finally, evaluate the poem. Is this a successful poem? Why or why not?
Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop
BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS
I met the Bishop on the road
And much said he and I.
`Those breasts are flat and fallen now
Those veins must soon be dry;
Live in a heavenly mansion,
Not in some foul sty.’
`Fair and foul are near of kin,
And fair needs foul,’ I cried.
‘My friends are gone, but that’s a truth
Nor grave nor bed denied,
Learned in bodily lowliness
And in the heart’s pride.
`A woman can be proud and stiff
When on love intent;
But Love has pitched his mansion in
The place of excrement;
For nothing can be sole or whole
That has not been rent.’