Poem when i am old and grey

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The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats Quotes by W.B. Yeats

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Tom Lehrer - When You Are Old And Gray

Barbados - Poems and Poetry

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. Materials for Teachers Materials for Teachers Home. Poems for Kids. Poems for Teens. Lesson Plans.

When I Am Old.

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. After an initial read, many see this poem as one that is filled with love, but the last stanza is dark; the speaker is reminding his former mistress that their love did not last, and this is something she should regret for the rest of her life. As a result, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in

3 COMMENTS

  1. Robert L. says:

    When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me, And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.

  2. Max H. says:

    Glenis studied for a B.

  3. Lourdes G. says:

    William Butler Yeats is widely considered to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century.

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