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Celtic chants - W B Yeats - Collected Poems



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I liked this poem because it not only shows the historical use of chants but also shows that even a practised druid needed three days before he managed to get anywhere with this technique on a hardened chap like Cuchulain.

It demonstrates all too well that as a technique it tends to work better for those with less will, less ego and more willingness to ‘let go’ voluntary.

I have classified under Celtic rather than W B yeats this time to add some information on the celts

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W B Yeats – Collected Poems

Then Conchubar, the subtlest of all men
Ranking his Druids round him ten by ten
Spake thus
‘Cuchulain will dwell there and brood
For three days more in dreadful quietude
And then arise, and raving slay us all’.
Chant in his ear delusions magical
That he may fight the horses of the sea’

The Druids took them to their mystery
And chanted for three days
Cuchulain stirred
Stared on the horses of the sea and heard
The cars of battle and his own name cried
And fought with the invulnerable tide

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