By Larry Fyffe
Singer/songwriter/musician Bob Dylan not only reshapes the sound of previous poems and songs, but their meaning as well:
And when the white moths were on the wing And the moth-like stars were flickering out .... It became a glimmering girl With apple blossom in her hair (William Yeats: The Song Of Wandering Aengus)
The poet William Yeats influences the song lyrics below (found in the Untold Archives); the song has a happy ending though there be memories of a previous so-so relationship.
Essentially, the song is brand new:
I will play with my maiden with the raven black hair In the valley so free, in the vale so fair And the pale amoliter was gone with the hour And my pale virgin with my gay wildwood flower Now it's on with those days with my own honey love And the streams were to ripple, and the clouds seen above In the dawn, my love is sleeping, but I know it will last In the days, good old days, in my old wildwood flower (Bob Dylan Wildwood Flower)
Uplifts the following sorrowful song lyrics that could even be taken as a murder ballad:
Oh, I twine with my mangos, and raven black hair With the roses so red, and the lilies so fair And the myrtles so bright with emerald dew The pale amelida, and eyes with bright blue .... Oh, he taught me to love him, and call me his flower That was blooming to cheer him through life's dreary hour Oh, I long to seek him, and regret that dark hour He's gone and neglected his pale wildwood flower (Carter Family: Wildwood Flower)
Another song, previously mentioned, clearly influenced by Yeats:
You gonna have to leave me now, I know But I'll see you in the sky above In the tall grass, in the ones I love You're gonna make me lonesome when you go (Bob Dylan: You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go)
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 (William Yeats: The Song Of Wandering Aengus)
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