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June 13 marks the 150th birthday of Irish poet W. B. Yeats. One of the most influential poets of the 20th century, Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923.

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I WHISPERED, ‘I am too young,’
And then, ‘I am old enough’;
Wherefore I threw a penny
To find out if I might love.
‘Go and love, go and love, young man,
If the lady be young and fair.’
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
I am looped in the loops of her hair.
O love is the crooked thing,
There is nobody wise enough
To find out all that is in it,
For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
One cannot begin it too soon.


“Brown Penny” a poem by William Butler Yeats , as recited by Christopher Plummer in the movie Must Love Dogs (2005).

Christopher Plummer website