Archive for August 5, 2010

When who is old?

Posted in POETRY with tags , , on August 5, 2010 by echostains

I think it’s about time for another William Butler Yeats poem.  This one is called ‘When you are old’ (and I know the feeling:))   I always think it an extra bonus when the poet themselves actually reads their own poem.  After all, the writer above all knows the way that their work was meant to sound.

‘When You are Old’ was written for  Maud Gonne , a woman who rejected his proposals and there are some beautiful sentiments within the poem about the longevity of love.  But this could also be interpreted as ‘well you missed your chance with me….’ though.  Or you could see it as Yeat’s saying that beauty has fled and with it many admirers, but one remains steadfast.  The way that the poem is read has a kind of lulling and comforting quality.  it is sad in places, but the ‘when’ of it suggests that the woman isn’t yet old.   Which way you would you interpret this poem yourself?

Video from SpokenVerse Thanks!

Butler Yeats, a short biography here

 

Plus……… over on Book stains….