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Explore the poetry of Yeats and describe how he responded to his era/age and present modern models for poetry to follow.

I chose the following poem "When You are Old" :

When You Are Old

WHEN you are old and gray 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 among a crowd of stars.

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Hi there! Hope you find the content of this response most helpful for engaging the subject and recognizing your questions and opinions are worth sharing!

Firstly, as far as the directions go, it seems like you are basically supposed to use a poem to describe Yeats' response to his time, in other words, this isn't necessarily a comparison, but you should be trying to point out influences and differences ways he responds to those in his current time. Literature is always "moving forward," even if it is not about science fiction content. I'll try to describe what I mean in the next paragraph, but the point is basically analysis of his work to show influence, both what influenced him and how he may have become an influence.

Secondly, as far as content ideas go: If we consider your poem choice, I actually think there's a lot to work ...

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The poetry of yeats is explored. How he responded to his era/age and present modern models for poetry to follow are described.