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After Long Silence Analysis

Author: Poetry of William Butler Yeats Type: Poetry Views: 2214

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Speech after long silence; it is right,

All other lovers being estranged or dead,

Unfriendly lamplight hid under its shade,

The curtains drawn upon unfriendly night,

That we descant and yet again descant

Upon the supreme theme of Art and Song:

Bodily decrepitude is wisdom; young

We loved each other and were ignorant.


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Elsewhere, Yeats complains that the wisdom of old age is insufficient compensation for the loss of loveliness and physical love (\"O that I were young again and held her in my arms...\"). And in other places he curses the mental and physical insufficiencies that come with age. Might we take the message of this poem as ironic, not the straightforward praise of the wisdom of age?

| Posted on 2012-07-24 | by a guest

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Analysis By A !3 Year Old:
Analysis: William and an old friend havenít exchanged word in a while and all of a sudden their back together. Williams other loves are dead and no longer in existence. The lamp is unfriendly because it reveals true age. After looking up the word decrepitude I found out that it means old age. When I plugged old age into the statement Bodily decrepitude is wisdom I came to the conclusion that William and his love have both grown old and wise. In the last line it states that we loved each other and were ignorant. This statement means they loved each other while they were young but to blind/ignorant to see.

| Posted on 2010-06-01 | by a guest

.: Analysis by a 14 year old :.

Line 1: Speech is the representation of love... Love after a long period of seperation or silence.It implies that maybe the speaker and the beloved were once lovers, highschool sweet hearts maybe.

Line 2: All other lovers that the speaker and subject had in the time of seperation are out of the picture, they're dead and have nothing to do with the speaker.

Line 3: The lamp light is unfriendly because it reveals the true age of the two lovers. They are old and they just got back together.

Line 4: The unfriendly night is symbolic for Death. This was another clue that tells the reader that the speaker and the subject are both old. They are close to dying.

Line 5 and Line 6: The supreme theme of art and song is Love. They continue to talk about love. It accompanies them where ever they are.

Line 7: Bodily decrepitude=old age. The speaker and beloved are both very old, and very wise. They have experience in life and love. They know true love.

Line 8: When the speaker was young, he 'loved' the subject, or what passed for love back in their days of youth.

| Posted on 2005-04-17 | by Approved Guest

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