What is the central Idea of the Poem When You Are Old?

What is the central Idea of the Poem When You Are Old?

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  1. The poet has addressed this poem to his beloved, Maud Gonne, who never reciprocated his love. The speaker of the poem dramatizes his unreturned love by giving a future warning to the girl of the present day. He tells her that when she grows old, she will get flashbacks and memories and she will regret the rejected love. The poem is full of a lover’s passion, intense feelings, and spirituality. It conveys a message that true love is indestructible and constant.

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