That crazed girl improvising her music.
Her poetry, dancing upon the shore,
Her soul in division from itself
Climbing, falling She knew not where,
Hiding amid the cargo of a steamship,
Her knee-cap broken, that girl I declare
A beautiful lofty thing, or a thing
Heroically lost, heroically found.
No matter what disaster occurred
She stood in desperate music wound,
Wound, wound, and she made her triumph
Where the bales and baskets lay
No common intelligible sound
But sang, “O sea-starved, hungry sea”.
— William Butler Yeats
The Yellow Sail by Odilon Redon: