Song of Wandering Aengus – A Call to Adventure

Song of Wandering Aengus is a poem by William Butler Yeats that shares, what this writer understands, as the Breakthrough Experience. Sharing the reflections metaphors and practices related to the 10 Poems for Companioning YOUR Greatness  will take the following format: –

  • Text of the Poem
  • Audio of the Poem
  • Video of the Poem (either read or sung)
  • Links to lines from the poem.

In having read and/or listened to these various recordings I hope that you are interested in learning how you can take the adventure of Companioning YOUR Greatness by way of a deeper understanding of the poems of William Butler Yeats.

This work is inspired by and based on the legend of the Gaelic love god Aengus. In the legend.

The Song of Wandering Aengus
I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.

When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.

Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

Source: The Wind Among the Reeds (1899)

Having read Song of Wandering Aengus you might like to listen to a recording of this poem made by the writer of this article.

The Yeats Experience

The audio recording of The Song of Wandering Aengus is shared below. This audio is from the CD entitled The Yeats Experience  Listening from the Deep Heart’s Core recorded by the writer.

The title of this William Butler Yeats poem includes the word ‘song.’ There have been many wonderful renditions of this poem by various artists down the decades. These include: –

  • Christie Moore
  • David Grey
  • The Waterboys

Below is my favourite recording of this Song of Wandering Aengus poem. It is sung by Richie Havens who is playing his guitar in his own inimitable style.

For those who are guitarists this song is played with the guitar tuned to Open D. This means that when you play the open strings of the chord you get a Major D Chord.

Companioning YOUR Greatness

You are here to be a Companion of Greatness. In the words of another poet

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.”

― Rumi

Below to the right is a form that I invite you to complete. This allows you to take a step into your personal hazel wood where you will meet again the one who has loved you all your life.

This ensures that you receive notice via email of other poetic reflections contained in A Journey with Mr Yeats – 10 Poems to Companion YOUR Greatness and more inspired invitations from The Song of Wandering Aengus.

selected poems of w b yeats

Yeats Analysis Line By Line

The journey of Companioning YOUR Greatness continues line by line. We continue our journey by following the Call to Adventure. We take courage and venture into the unknown.

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. ~ Joseph Campbell

Let your journey into the deeper meaning and invitation from the poems of William Butler Yeats begin here.

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To journey further along the way of Companioning YOUR Greatness line by line simply click on the image below of the book cover A Journey with Mr Yeats – 10 Poems for Companioning YOUR Greatness. Thank you for taking time to read


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