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I know I take things too literally, but hear me out... :P
As i've stated before, one of my favourite poets is William Buttler Yeats. It would be difficult for me to choose one of his poems among his extraordinary collection. But I do know that "The Two Trees" is in my personal top 3.
This 1893 poem speaks of the duality in the natural world. It's basically the concept of ying and yang, day and night, good and evil, tenderness and barrenness. There have been many interpretations about this particular work, inlcuiding some biblic and new age explanations. To me, this poem speaks of love, but not about romantic love -although the poet refers to a beloved one- it's about the love you have for yourself, and how that can help you become a better person. The poet is encouraging someone he loves to look deep inside his/her heart and find the wisdom to know him/herself. As opposed to looking into the mirror of cynicism and find a "fatal image" filled with deamons and "ravens of unresting thought".
There is also an important link here with celtic tree worship. Yeats is known to take from the old legends of irish mythology. Thus, I added some fairies and the standing stones.
Loreena McKennitt put this words to music in her song. It's one of my favourite songs.
|Aslan||The Velveteen Rabbit|
|Vanna||Birth of the Unicorns|
|Uncovered Desire||Dances of Time: Summer|