When you are old - Yeats

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Descrizione e analisi in inglese del componimento di Yeats (1 pagine formato doc)

This poem,dedicated to Maud Gonne, is an example of the love poetry he wrote before35 years.
The composition is full of mythical imagery. The poet imagines her in front of a fire and he asks her to read a book of his life to record the most important moments. The journey from youth to old is briefly traced in a few phrases, suggesting the reality of sorrow. The images are stark but flowing. The first two lines suggest comfort in old age. Death is not a violent end but something one "falls into" as easily as sleep. The phrase "full of sleep" both carries the broad connotation of death, and describes the sleeping that leads to dreaming. Reading, then, these words, she begins to dream about the past and her own youth.
The second stanza is descriptive of her dream of the past. As a transition from the first stanza into the second, she remembers her own "soft look," her eyes and "their shadows deep." From this image of her youthful she is reminded of those who loved her "moments of glad grace" and her "beauty with love false or true.