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Crazy Jane Talks With The Bishop by William Butler Yeats

Before I go to bed: Crazy Jane Talks With The Bishop

.I met the Bishop on the road And much said he and I

Dec 22, 2011 · Yeats – Crazy Jane poems (1933) Posted on December 22, ..

I met the bishop on the road
and much said he and I.
'Those breasts are flat and fallen
Those veins must soon be dry;
Live in a heavenly mansion,
Not some foul sty.'

'Fair and foul are near of kin,
And fair needs foul ,' I cried.
'My friends are gone but that's a truth
Nor grave nor bed denied,
Learned in bodily lowliness
And in the heart's pride.

'A woman can be proud and stiff
When on love intent;
But love has pitched his mansion in
The place of excrement;
For nothing can be sole or whole
that has not been rent.'

A little bit about William Butler Yeats:
The mythology of Crazy Jane :
Stay, fair Maid!

I met the Bishop on the road / And much said he and I

Structure: The poem, “Crazy Jane Talks With The Bishop” consists of three stanzas each having six lines

-----> The passive and mysterious.

If We consider Crazy Jane as symbol of Ireland, we see the emergence of a criticism of traditional Irish Catholicism.

Yeats suggest that religion, though it interacts with cultural tradition, needs to separately from cultural Practices.


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Crazy Jane talks with the Bishop Language: English I met the Bishop on the road And much said he and I
so sincerely
None will ever love again!
Yet the Man 1 prized most dearly,
Broke the heart of Crazy Jane.
Gladly that young heart received him,
Which has never loved but one!
He seemed true, and I believed him;
He was false, and I undone.
Since that hour, has reason never
Held her empire in my brain:
Henry fled: with him for ever
Fled the wits of Crazy Jane!
Now forlorn, and broken-hearted,
Still with frenzied thoughts beset,
Near that spot where last we parted,
Near that spot where first we met,
Thus I chaunt my love-lorn ditty,
While I sadly pace the plain;
And each passer-by in pity
- "God help thee, Crazy Jane!"
--Matthew Lewis (1793)
The Mythology of Crazy Jane :

“The appeal of Crazy Jane is not hard to fathom.

Crazy Jane Talks With The Bishop - online text : Summary, overview, explanation, meaning, description, purpose, bio.

--Elaine Showalter

- 13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939
- Anglo-Irish Protestant
- known Irish Nationalist
- born and lived in Southern Ireland
- Served in Senate; famed for his divorce speech
- wrote in total 7 Crazy Jane poems

Yeats, Religion and Politics In Ireland
Religion: Yeats saw the rise of Fanatical Catholicism in Ireland as an threat to the freedom of Intellect (Important to note that Yeats was only opposed to radical formations of Catholicism).

Particularly concerned with the influence of religion on policy making and political reformation.