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When You Are Old Analysis

Author: Poetry of William Butler Yeats Type: Poetry Views: 5487

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WHEN you are old and grey and full of sleep,

And nodding by the fire, take down this book,

And slowly read, and dream of the soft look

Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,

And loved your beauty with love false or true,

But one man loved the pilgrim Soul in you,

And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,

Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled

And paced upon the mountains overhead

And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.


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This is poem to Maude Gonne who Yeats loved desparately. He had just proposed to her and she said no. This poem is almost a warning that she will grow old without love which she could have had. He says that lots of people loved her for her looks (she was an actress) but he loved her for who she really was (the pilgrim soul). Pilgrim is chosen to represent the journey through age that he would have loved her through.The last line is an oxymoron. The night sky is usually a very romantic thing but his love tries to hide in it away and out of the reach of Maude Gonne.

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