And he would spread the cloths on her way. It can be classified as a romantic poem which ends on cautioning note. He wishes to offer heaven in its entirety, and all its changeability. The poet then goes on to speak about the cloths been covered with golden and silver lights. When You Are Old is written from the perspective of a young person imaging the one who rejected his love, when she is old. Though he does not have much, he is willing and happy to give it away to this person he loves. It captures the nighttime, day time, and everything in between.
Summary Though the poem is short, it manages to capture the strong feelings of the speaker very well. This poem can be divided into three parts: the wish, the offer and the request. In psalms 104:3 God Makes the clouds his chariot. Her beauty is one which could be related and ascribed to the sky. He asks her to cast her mind to a time when she is old.
Maud Gonne was an English-Irish woman who Yeats spent a great deal of his life being in love with. The poet himself is identified as the main character in the poem. However to see this as a prayer balances out all the elements captured in the 8 lines without holding all elements of the poem together. Then i wish u my friend success whatever life brings ur way. Excerpt:- What youthful mother, a shape upon her lap Honey of generation had betrayed, And that must sleep, shriek, struggle to escape As recollection or the drug decide, Would think her son, did she but see that shape With sixty or more winters on its head, A compensation for the pang of his birth, Or the uncertainty of his setting forth? The poem can be divided into three parts: the wish, the offer, and the request if we have close observation to the poem. What greater gift could anyone wish to give to another but their dreams, with the gentle hope that they would tread softly upon them? Lapis Lazuli William Butler Yeats I have heard that hysterical women say They are sick of the palette and fiddle-bow.
He would graze her feet with it. Yeats poems set to songs and harp music by. Based on this myth, the poem by Yeats describes the rape of Leda by Zeus in the form of a swan. This gives the words of the poem a simplicity but also a sense of familiarity, even banality: the poet is reduced to finding slightly different ways of saying the same thing. Firstly, the cloths may be some extremely attractive and high quality textile merchandise which is used to prepare clothing.
Thirdly, the cloths may refer to actual scenery of the sky which might represent a happy life that the poet would like to share. He seems to believe only something so carefully and beautifully designed is worthy for her to step on. The Aedh character is typically a weak, pale, and lovesick boy who can serve as a frame for poems such as this one. Their daughter Anne was born on February 26, 1919. Written entirely as one verse, this poem is simple in structure, preferring powerful imagery as a technique to send its message.
A musical setting of this poem appears on the 2006 debut album of the , along with He Gives His Beloved Certain Rhymes. Thanks for this discussion of one of his greatest poems. At the end of their fantasy, they acknowledge that they are far too poor to make that offering, and in fact can offer their love interest nothing but dreams. He is too much in possession of his desire to impress her and for this he, at first, describes something that he considers to be too good to be true. The colour also gives a description of the sky. I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. .
It is one of the most influential poetic works of the 20th century and the most famous poem by William Butler Yeats. As he wishes for the cloths, so does he wish he could gain the love of the woman which is unattainable. Only angels and gods walk the clouds so to speak And so the dream is a prayer of invocation. Giving all he has leaves him vulnerable, which is a mark of true love. It seems that Yeats have written it for a woman he was in love with, but felt he had nothing with which to impress her, no silver nor gold nor the finer things.
For the poet to spread his dreams under feet, he is giving himself to the woman. The three are collectively known as the. What greater gift could anyone give to another but their dreams, with the gentle hope that they would tread softly upon them? Aedh appears in several works by Yeats as a pale and lovelorn man. This stanza describes what the poet considers to be priceless for him. This may also be the reason for the slightly awkward repetition of rhyming words — Aedh feels awkward, knowing that the best they can offer someone they truly care for is an abstract concept, an idea not even grounded in the physical world of the living, but one that instead is a dream of heavenly textiles. This position would be able to pay up for the expenses and fuel a happy life.