Yeats-O-Mania

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NPR's Melissa Block takes note of a trend among politicians to quote the words of William Butler Yeats. Irish-American politicians tend to quote him most frequently. There are complaints that taking Yeats' lines out of context distorts their meaning and that over-using Yeats can devalue the poet's work, reducing his lines to political cliches.

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