Conjunctions Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis

Rhyme Scheme: AABB

If Jupiter and Saturn meetA
What a cop of mummy wheatA
The sword's a cross thereon He diedB
On breast of Mars the goddess sighedB

William Butler Yeats


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Judith: There is a typo in the poem; it is a "crop", not a "cop".
R T Le: In the collected poems, second edition 1950 it is crop not cop
R T Le: Strange to come across this poem on the day of the great conjunction (21/12/20)
Mummy wheat - resurrection; cross - salvation - Venus upon the breast of Mars, war ceasing I suppose
R T Le: the belief that grains of wheat found in Ancient Egyptian tombs could produce bountiful crops was surprisingly hardy. A story appeared in The Times of August 4 1933 about an ancient seed that had sprouted, to be refuted in the same month by the magazine Nature
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Gabriel Moshenska | Published in History Today Volume 67 Issue 9 September 2017
In 1897 Dr William Thiselton-Dyer, director of the Royal Botanic Garden, attempted to germinate grains of wheat taken from a 3,000-year-old Egyptian tomb. The wheat was a gift from E.A. Wallis Budge of the British Museum, who had found it inside a wooden model of a granary taken from the burial chamber by tomb robbers. Budge and Thiselton-Dyer waited patiently for any signs of life from the dark brown, desiccated wheat, planted and tended carefully under optimal laboratory conditions. To their great relief, none were forthcoming: after three months the earth was turned over and the wheat grains had dissolved into dust.
Mummy wheat became a popular cultural trope; a symbol of resurrection and rebirth seized upon by poets and painters and preached from pulpits. Moshenska, G., 2017. Esoteric Egyptology, Seed Science and the Myth of Mummy Wheat. Open Library of Humanities, 3(1), p.1. DOI:

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