Poetry analysis ; when you are older

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Poetry analysis; When you are old
By William Butler Yeats


William Butler Yeats has created rhythm in his poem ”When you are old” by using a familiar meter, simple rhyme scheme, literarydevices, etc. In the following lines I am about to give by detail some literary figures the author used in his work. The author wrote three stanzas in which I will look for rhyme scheme, meter, foot,author’s purpose, tone, mood, images, symbols, diction syntax and literary devices.
“When you are old” is a poem with a melancholic tone it talks about a frustrated love that within the years remindsimpossible. A man talks to the love of his life to think about the future. When she will be old and alone just remembering when she used to have “moments of glad grace” and during life there would not beother person that could lover her more than he did. The author creates a romantic atmosphere by telling the story of a men who fall in love with a girl that will be able to love until she gets “old andgrey and full of sleep” no matter what. The author’s purpose then is to make couples understand that people may lie about their feelings but there is someone special that is being honest and weshould go straight there or we will live with a frustrated love.
This love poem is composed by three stanzas each one is a quatrain. The scheme in the poem is simple all is an iambic pentameter. With afeet of unstressed and stressed, iambic syllables starting in every meter. The rhyme is also important with an order of ABBA CDDC EFFE. The 2nd and 3rd lines connect by their ending rhyme but the 4thand 1st line are connecting each stanza in rhythm with the next one. As I said the end rhymes have a important paper in here, this makes the poem sounds likeable to the ear. The same pattern of iambicpentameter is repeated through the poem
As we continue reading we can get to the use of images, “and paced upon the mountains overhead, and hid his face amid a crowd of stars” in here we used...
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