Thursday, October 13, 2005

Week 3 Post 1

When You are Old
By: W. B. Yeats

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

When a person grows old, they become tired and no longer have that energy to go pursue things that they want to do. This poem talks about remembering the old times, when they were young. The speaker talks to the reader and tells them to pick up the book of memories and slowly sit back and remember everything that is in it. The book symbolizes memories for me and the old person is going through it like remembering the past. the speaker tells the person about how her youth was, her beauty and grace. The speaker then brings in the admirers but portrays them as shallow on the surface types. "with love false or true" He says that there were many who admired the reader but some of them were not really in love with her. The images within this poem creates such a sensational picture of the love that was there but is no more. The deep sheltered love that loved through thick and thin, through the beauty and into the soul. Then one day that love left and hid itself among stars in the sky. Personifying love, makes a clearer image where the reader can see a man walking on mountain tops and hiding behind stars.


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