Starting an essay on the works of W.B. Yates is not one of an easy task. The poems of “When You Are Old”, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”, “The Wild Swans of Coole”, “The Second Coming”, and last “Sailing to Byzantium” are all one of change. I truly have had enough of the poems about change, but we are working on the poets of the Industrial Revolution. Most of Yeats poems are describing both the physical side of change as well as the metaphysical side. They are quite intriguing his poems are. There is a world of change within a world of changelessness.
The poem that is first on my list is “When You Are Old”. This poem is a poem that Yeats writes when he loses a woman he really loves because of why he loves her. He wrote the poem so that when she (the girl) gets older she will know the mistake she made for leaving a man who loved her for her (Yeats). “But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you and loved the sorrows of your changing face:” (Yeats 1140). He also said in this poem that he would want her to get a since of sadness when she looked at the book. Which made feel like he still loved her but he also wanted her to remember her mistake and feel bad about it. It is a sad poem without a doubt but it is one with that of changing among the physical side but not on the spiritual side.
Yeats was a character that would frequently go away from the big city and travel to very rural areas just to get away or get a change in life and that is what he does in the poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”. Within this poem our author is telling us how beautiful and tranquil this place is. “And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made: And I shall have peace there, for the peace comes dripping slow,” (Yeats 1141). As Yeats is telling you of this peaceful place he does finally mention where he is and it is very surprising. Yeats is saying this poem while on the side walk in a city. Some may ask what is so wrong with a city and let me tell you only a city person can tell you what’s wrong with it and truly there is a longing in every big city person who wants to be on the country side.
One of Yeats poems called “The Wild Swans of Coole” is an interesting one for it too like the poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” is one that Yeats wrote as a sort of get...