Poems of W B Yeats – Learning to Companion YOUR Greatness

Come on the journey of Companioning YOUR Greatness through the poems of W. B. Yeats. On this journey of personal exploration we will share a line by line analysis and reflection on some of William Butler Yeats’ best known and most loved poems.

These include: –

Lighting a Fire in the Head (Song of Wandering Aengus)

The journey you are invited to take through the poetry of William Butler Yeats is a journey of inspired education

Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire – W. B. Yeats

Here you are not filled up with more information but the invitation to transformation. Here you are invited to a REAL University. This is where you get to be versed in unity consciousness – head and heart – so that you can KNOW in the words of W. B. Yeats, “I am blessed and can bless.” (Vascillation IV)

Sensational Living

Here you are invited to come to your senses and learn what is sensational about you.

You are invited to take the longest and shortest journey that you are intended to take. This is the journey from head to heart. You are here to be a blessed unity of the two. You live your life from the deep heart’s core (Lake Isle of Innisfree)

Thus you become one who is the Sweet Dancer. You get to finish the dance that you are created to be a unique expression of.  You get to know:-

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.

Through the practical application of W. B. Yeats poetic invitations you learn the magic of who you are.

The Language of Transformation

Here you learn the language of the deep heart’s core. You learn how to cross thresholds of meaning and purpose for living. You enter the twilight zone (Into the Twilight). You become a KNOWER not of one world but of two worlds. These are the worlds of: –

  • Time and the Timeless
  • Personal and Universal
  • Finite and Infinite
  • Form and the Formless.

It is the longing to know these two worlds that is the inspiration behind all great poetry. As the German poet Goethe declared in his poem The Holy Longing (translated by Robert Bly)

and finally, insane for the light,

you are the butterfly and you are gone.

And so long as you haven’t experienced this: to die and so to grow,

you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth.

The language of transformation is the language of symbol, metaphor, parable, riddle, koan and poetry. It is the language of longing that takes you into the holy experience of dying into Life. This is when you truly get to live the life you Love

Sailing to Byzantium

This is not simply a journey of more communication and information. It is a journey of communion and transformation. This is the work of the poet:-

The work of the poet is to pour light into a cup, then raise it to nourish you beautiful, parched holy mouth – Hafiz

This is the kind of work we are engaged with on this website. We take you Sailing to Byzantium – the Holy City where you become a golden bird and realize in the words of another poem: –

You were born with potential.

You were born with goodness and trust.

You were born with ideals and dreams.

You were born with greatness.

You were born with wings.

You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.

You have wings.

Learn to use them and fly.


In order to Sail to Byzantium which is the journey of Companioning YOUR Greatness you need a map for the territory.

A Map for Companioning YOUR Greatness

This website shares with you maps for this essential journey of learning to Companion YOUR Greatness (These are the Clouds). However, its key focus is to share this essential map through the poetry of William Butler Yeats.

It shares this universal map of the journey into your Essence in other ways. Key to this map are:

  • The 3 Stages of Life
  • The Signposts along the Way
    • Levels of Knowing.
    • Levels of Love
    • Levels of Mind
  • The Steps along the Way.
    • Steps in Embodiment
    • Steps in Mind Training
    • Steps in Heart Training.
    • Steps in Spiritual Training.

In this way you take the essential journey in unity that is the Holy Longing to be whole in body, mind and spirit.

Practices for Living the Sensational Life

Through the line by line analysis (head) and reflection(heart) of the poetry of William Butler Yeats you are given practical lessons in learning to live the Life you Love.

These are KEY practices for what W. B. Yeats referred to as Companioning YOUR Greatness.

And therefore, friend, if your great race were run

And these things came, so much the more thereby

Have you made greatness your companion,

Although it be for children that you sigh:

From – These are the Clouds

The journey that is essential is only taken through practicing what is essential. It takes you to KNOWING Essence. It takes you into KNOWING who you are and why you are. It reveals purpose, passion and Presence.

You learn practical skills so that you are confident in going to the waters and the wild. (The Stolen Child) You are confident in navigating the hollow lands and hilly lands of your wild and precious life. You learn that the world is full of magical things waiting for you to come to your senses.

W. B Yeats Best Poems

This journey of magic is explored inA Journey with Mr. Yeats – 10 Poems to Companion YOUR Greatness.

For those who which to make greatness their companion I invite you to subscribe to practical lessons for inspired living so that you might light a fire in your head and go on the adventure that is you wild and precious life.

william butler yeats poems

And Finally

You are invited to explore the line by line analysis and reflection of the poetry of William Butler Yeats that is all over this website. I recommend that you begin by exploring the poem The Song of Wandering Aengus.

This is simply because at the time of writing this forthcoming book A Journey with Mr Yeats – 10 Poems to Company YOUR Greatness this happens to be the one I am presently exploring. (March 2019)

Other invitations from this website include:-

Other books that are planned for 2019 include a book on Irish storytelling entitled A Place of Stones – 10 Stories for Companioning YOUR Greatness.

There is the intention of writing another map of the essential journey based around the poem Desiderata by Max Erhmann. This book will be titled Desiderata – A Practical Guide in Manifesting YOUR Desires.

So if you have read this far and want to begin the journey of Companioning your Greatness begin by answering The Call to Adventure from The Song of Wandering Aengus.


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