Among School Children

I found this poem interesting because I feel that Yeats is “questioning” the aging process. In the first stanza it seems as though he is in some kind of a school setting, where upon seeing the school children he is reminded (most likely) of Maude Gonne. I feel like Yeats uses language such as “youthful teacher”, “old clothes upon old sticks” and “youthful sympathy” to elaborate on this idea.I also think this poem is interesting because it seems to portray the idea of the “life not lived”…. meaning, it seems as though being in the school children environment reminds Yeats of his aging, which causes him to think about his unsuccessful advances towards Maude Gonne, and the fact that he’s getting older with a life unfulfilled because of it.

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