British literature, Response 1 student discussion, 100 words

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Please write a response for one student discussion. 100 words.

Student A:

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,

When you are old, your hair is gray and you are sleepy

And nodding by the fire, take down this book,

And nodding off by the fire, open this book

And slowly read, and dream of the soft look

And slowly read and dream about how beautiful

And read and imagine how soft

And imagine how soft your

Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

Eyes used to be and how they show regret

How many loved your moments of glad grace,

You will remember how many men loved you only because of beauty

And loved your beauty with love false or true,

And some truly loved you and others did not

But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,

But then you will remember that one man loved your soul

And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And loved the sadness of your aging face

And bending down beside the glowing bars,

And bending down beside the glowing fire grate,

Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled

You will murmur sadly how love has left

And paced upon the mountains overhead

And has gone off into the mountains far away

And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

And has hid amount the stars.

The line “But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you” really jumped out to me in When You Are Old. The phrase “pilgrim soul” symbolized how the man loved the women even with her changes over time. Another thing that stood out to me in this poem was the rhyme scheme structure. William Butler Yeats used an ABBA rhyme scheme in the first stanza in which the first line rhymed with the 4th and the 2nd and 3rd rhymed with each other. This rhyme scheme played out through the entire poem and I believe it made the poem flow very well. The last thing that stood out to be was how I was able to picture the women sitting by the fire reading the book. I could picture her regretting not making the relationship work with the one man who truly cared about her and did not love her only for her beauty. I can picture her sitting there sad with regret as she is lonely and old with nobody to love. I believe that anyone can relate to this poem that has ever been in a relationship that has not worked out because your significant other ended it. I feel like many times when people get broken up with that they secretly always like to see their significant others next relationship not work out. In this poem the man is heartbroken and he wants her to know that she left the one man that truly loved her for her. There are a lot of emotions in this poem that allow you to connect with it from past relationships that I have experienced.

Have you ever regretted ending a relationship with someone and later realized what you missed out on (or been in the opposite position where you were left and they missed out)?

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