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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.
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   After learning in class all about William Butler Yeat’s life; I am quite certain that this poem was dedicated to Maud Gonne. Indeed, she was the muse for most of his love poems. Throughout the poem, you could feel his remorse. I truly wonder if she ever looked back and wondered what would have been of her life with Yetes? I am assuming she did. But, it was probably too late. Or perhaps not? The poem almost seems like a letter, as an open invitation to reconsider growing old with someone who truly loves every inch of you. The whole poem is mesmerizing and evokes so many lovely feelings upon the reader. Nevertheless, the fruit of this non-corresponded love has left behind the best verses ever composed by Yetes.  This is by far my favorite, all due to how sincere he is. Despite, being rejected he still finds inspiration in her to desperately conquer her heart.

 

I do not know about you guys, but so far this is currently my favorite poem. It is so profound and full of pure emotions such as love. After reading it, I thought perhaps someone might have done a video on such a piece of art. As you could imagine, I did not expect Colin Farrell to be the one delighting us with Butler’s poem. However, I think it is great since William Butler Yetes was too from Irish descent. Enjoy!

 

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