Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland, and is one of the most celebrated poets in Irish history. Many of his poems reflect the Irish spirit, but this poem concentrates more on the love he once shared with a woman. This woman is probably Maud Gonne, an Irish revolutionary who ended up marrying another man. Yeats himself would go on to marry, but many see When You Are Old as a poem highlighting the failed relationship with Gonne.
The poem is the product of the early period in Yeats's poetic career. It is addressed to Maud Gonne with whom he was in love. It forms a part of the group of poems published in with the title The Rose. Yeats In this poem the poet narrates how his beloved Maud Gonne would grow old with the passage of time.
Her liveliness and youthful energy would vanish and she would pass the time dozing by the fireside as old people want to do.
She would be reminded of the loveliness of her eyes that she once possessed and of their deep shadows. At that time she might think that many young people loved her for her beauty and youth, but there was only one whose love was sincere and genuine and it was certainly the poet himself.
The poet loved her not for her physical beauty only, but also loved for her soul. It was the poet among all others who could feel for her and love her because sorrow and suffering were depicted on her face.
With the realization she would mutter to herself with anguish that he was no more alive. He was dead and gone and his soul must either be hovering among the mountains or it must have become part of the galaxy of the stars overhead.
The poem presents a portrait of decaying and dying youth and beauty. The poet has referred to it time and again quite passionately all through his poetic career.
Maud Gonne, his beloved, was a proud and headstrong girl.
The poem sounds a note of warning to her. The idea is that if she does not reciprocate his love, which is not merely physical, but spiritual too, she would have to repent for her folly in her old age. Her youth and beauty would wither and vanish one day, and lovers who hover round her, lured by her bloom, would desert her one by one.
Then she would smart with a sense of remorseful agony for the cruelty and callousness towards the poet. The poet intends forewarn her.
The poem has been written in three stanzas, each containing four lines. The rhyming pattern is very different and steady written in iambic pentameter, the first stanza is a b b a; the second is c d c d; the third is e f e f.Poets with initals U to Z Poets with initials W William Butler Yeats When You are Old Analysis and Summary by mtb15.com By Madhupriya Roychowdhury Last updated Jan 30, W.B.
Yeats has created rhythm in his poem "When You Are Old" by using a familiar meter, simple rhyme scheme and by enhancing these forms with effective poetic devices and substitutions/5(3). • When You are Old by William Butler Yeats was written in October of It was first published in September of in The Countess Kathleen and Various Legends and Lyrics.
• The poem is based on the forty-third sonnet in Second Livre des Sonets pour Helene by Pierre de Ronsard, published in W.B. Yeats has created rhythm in his poem "When You Are Old" by using a familiar meter, simple rhyme scheme and by enhancing these forms with effective poetic devices and substitutions.
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B. Yeats - Topic. Subscribe Subscribed Unsubscribe The Second Coming by W B Yeats Critical analysis and Summary Explanation - Duration: When you are old - W.B. Yeats read by. W B Yeats In When You Are Old he invites her to cast her mind forward to a time when she is old and grey; to a time when she is no longer the glamorous actress but a frail old woman nodding by the fire.