This is my fourth and final post in honor of William B. Yeats’s 150-year anniversary. I’m backtracking all the way to my initial encounter with Yeats’s poetry.
Cricket magazine published “The Song of Wandering Aengus” in its September 1974 issue, as a two-page spread with an illustration by Trina Schart Hyman (1939-2004). There’s so much I could write about Cricket‘s influence on me, and about Hyman’s art, but I’ll just share this image with you (thanks to Katie Bee on Pinterest).
Here is the poem (first published in 1899) as text:
And caught a little silver trout.
And faded through the brightening air.
The golden apples of the sun.
(As a child, I was entranced by the illustration; later, I puzzled over the poem enough times to memorize it. Now it makes me cry every time I read it.)