William Butler Yeats

(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

Youth And Age

Poem by William Butler Yeats

MUCH did I rage when young,
Being by the world oppressed,
But now with flattering tongue
It speeds the parting guest.


Comments about Youth And Age by William Butler Yeats

  • Mark Spencer (6/19/2019 11:16:00 AM)

    Although the world oppressed him in his youth, the speaker finds the world flattering him in old age. It does not appear that the world has necessarily come to respect and admire him but has simply grown tolerant of him because he will soon be gone. Indeed, the world " speeds the parting guest, " suggesting that the world will be glad to see him go.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (4/5/2016 10:09:00 AM)

    ....an excellent write, this is the reality ★(Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (12/30/2015 8:04:00 AM)

    Much did I rage when young,
    Being by the world oppressed,
    But now with flattering tongue
    It speeds the parting guest.

    In Italian:

    Molta rabbia provai in gioventù,
    Sentendomi dal mondo oppresso,
    Ma ora con adulante lingua
    Esso affretta dell'ospite il commiato.(Report)Reply

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  • Patricia GranthamPatricia Grantham (12/6/2014 8:42:00 AM)

    A short discourse on the young and old.
    Wisdom and maturity advances with age.
    Good.(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (12/6/2014 2:05:00 AM)

    While we ages the thoughts becomes wise. The poem is great.(Report)Reply

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  • Aftab Alam KhursheedAftab Alam Khursheed (12/6/2014 12:32:00 AM)

    Youth is such- a charm a greeting warm(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (4/9/2014 11:20:00 AM)

    .....an excellent write...and yes time does seem to go faster as we get older...enjoyed..(Report)Reply

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  • Carlos Echeverria (12/6/2012 10:55:00 AM)

    An angry young man matures to a wise adult.(Report)Reply

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  • Michael GarciaMichael Garcia (12/6/2012 5:22:00 AM)

    check out my poem: : : : : : : : : : : :))))))))))))))(Report)Reply

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  • Michael GarciaMichael Garcia (12/6/2012 5:21:00 AM)

    someone check out my poem should i make more rate? it :) i am pretty good i'd think lol(Report)Reply

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  • Howard The Motivational Poet SimonHoward The Motivational Poet Simon (12/6/2012 1:03:00 AM)

    Short but sinnificant in substance as it shows clearly truth that with age development and matutiry increase.(Report)Reply

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  • Juan OlivarezJuan Olivarez (12/6/2011 10:20:00 AM)

    I disagree with Cs, I believe much wisdom is to be found in this tiny poem by the dean of English language writers.(Report)Reply

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  • Cs Vishwanathan (12/6/2010 4:27:00 AM)

    This poem has significance only because it is from Yeats. The third line is meaningful only because Yeats is in the context.(Report)Reply

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  • Robert Leary (12/6/2009 8:35:00 AM)

    I identify with this and give it a 10...just don't have the glasses yet!(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (12/6/2009 5:41:00 AM)

    It is a happening matter. A sensitive youngster with genuine heart and intellect has such a state of life during the course of one's life's journey!(Report)Reply

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  • Simon Jackson (12/6/2007 5:22:00 AM)

    No waste of words from Yeats.(Report)Reply

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  • Yesenia Sobrado (12/6/2006 12:39:00 PM)

    very nice and lovely poem! ! !(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2001



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