throughout his poetry, Yeats works with the inescapable polarities
inherent in being human. One is the gap created
by our ability to imagine perfection, to dream , to pass
into a world of mystery and magic, to imagine a life better
than we know — and the mundanity of everyday life.
We feel the pain when the imagined life makes the life we lead seem desolate, when the ordinary everyday is our only reality. It behoves us to allow our real lives to support our dreams and vice versa. This is how Yeats expresses the task, of living in hope of a dreamt possibility, forever.