Today those from my past who are no longer with me occupied my thoughts. That, in tandem with the forces driving the global health crisis, has accentuated themes of life and death. That’s probably why I woke up with Yeat’s “Among School Children” stuck in my head.
Yeats wrote the poem in his sixties, while serving as a senator, hence the “public man” reference. The poem reflects on the cycle of life. He contrasts his “sixty or more winters” with the children. The final couplet always resonates.
You can read the whole thing on the Poetry Foundation’s website here.