John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton
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An observation

I was just reading "A Man Young and Old" by William Butler Yeats, and when I read the following:

Like the moon her kindness is,
If kindness I may call
What has no comprehension in't,
But is the same for all
As though my sorrow were a scene
Upon a painted wall.

I was, of course, immediately reminded of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Fool For Love," and I realized for the first time that William's unrequited love for Cecily was much like Yeats's love for Maud. Oh, sure, Yeats was a better poet, and he eventually consummated his relationship with Maud, and I don't think he ever became a vampire, but otherwise the resemblance is uncanny.

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