When You Are Old Poem By W.B. Yeats

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When You Are Old Poem By W.B. Yeats - Quiz

W. B. Yeats is one of the foremost figures of the 20th century. His poem "when you are old" is one of the critically acclaimed poems. In this quiz, see how well you know about the poem. The quiz contains interesting facts and trivia related to the poem and its plot. Attempt this quiz to see if you can get the perfect 10. If you like the quiz, share it with your friends and family. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Complete the phrase One man loved the____________

    • A.

      Sorrows of your changing face

    • B.

      Happiness of your young face

    • C.

      Tenderness of your kind heart

    • D.

      Innocence of your young heart

    Correct Answer
    A. Sorrows of your changing face
    Explanation
    This phrase suggests that the man loved the sorrows that were reflected on the person's changing face. It implies that the man found beauty or meaning in the person's expressions of sadness or hardship.

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  • 2. 

    This poem is written in...

    • A.

      First person

    • B.

      Second person

    • C.

      Third person

    • D.

      I don't know person

    Correct Answer
    B. Second person
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Second person" because the speaker in the poem is addressing the reader directly, using pronouns like "you" and "your." This perspective creates a sense of intimacy and involvement, as if the reader is being directly spoken to and included in the events or emotions described in the poem.

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  • 3. 

    What is the major image in the poem?

    • A.

      A flower

    • B.

      An old woman

    • C.

      Life

    • D.

      A bee

    Correct Answer
    B. An old woman
    Explanation
    The major image in the poem is an old woman. This means that the poem focuses on describing and portraying an old woman as its main subject or central image. The poem may explore themes related to aging, wisdom, or the experiences of an elderly person. The image of the old woman could be used symbolically to represent the passage of time or the cycle of life.

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  • 4. 

    The major theme of the poem is

    • A.

      Love,  cheating and regret

    • B.

      Love, separation and rejection

    • C.

      Love, rejection and time

    • D.

      Love, anger and regret

    Correct Answer
    C. Love, rejection and time
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Love, rejection and time". This suggests that the poem explores the interconnected themes of love, the pain of rejection, and the passage of time. The poem may depict a love relationship that has ended or been rejected, leading to feelings of regret and the realization of how time has affected the characters involved. The themes of love, rejection, and time often intertwine in literature, highlighting the complexities and emotions associated with romantic relationships.

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  • 5. 

    Who is the poet addressing his poem to?

    • A.

      His wife

    • B.

      Maud Gonne

    • C.

      Old  people

    • D.

      His children

    Correct Answer
    B. Maud Gonne
    Explanation
    The poet is addressing his poem to Maud Gonne.

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  • 6. 

    What is an Alliteration?

    • A.

      When two or more words used closely together in a poem (often in the same line) begin with the same letter or constant sound

    • B.

      A person, place, thing, or idea

    • C.

      When two things are compared without using "like" or "as"

    • D.

      Shows action

    Correct Answer
    A. When two or more words used closely together in a poem (often in the same line) begin with the same letter or constant sound
  • 7. 

    Which is the best alliteration in the poem?

    • A.

      Old and full of sleep

    • B.

      When Yeats was 28 he loved her even when her spirit was low and sorrowful

    • C.

      A beautiful, poignant poem about enduring love

    • D.

      .....And bending down beside the glowing bars

    Correct Answer
    D. .....And bending down beside the glowing bars
    Explanation
    The phrase ".....And bending down beside the glowing bars" is the best alliteration in the poem because the repetition of the "b" sound in "bending," "down," "beside," and "bars" creates a strong and rhythmic effect. This use of alliteration adds emphasis and musicality to the line, making it stand out as the best example in the poem.

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  • 8. 

    Which of these questions were asked in the Points to Ponder section?

    • A.

      Shall I compare to Thee?

    • B.

      Would the poem be more effective in 3rd person?

    • C.

      Should the old woman be excuded from the poem?

    • D.

      Uhhhh nothing

    Correct Answer
    B. Would the poem be more effective in 3rd person?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Would the poem be more effective in 3rd person?" This question is asking whether the poem would have a greater impact if it were written from a third-person perspective instead of the current perspective. It suggests considering the effectiveness of the poem's point of view and how it could potentially be improved.

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  • 9. 

    Who is the poem truly based on?

    • A.

      The poet, Yeats

    • B.

      The old lady

    • C.

      One of the old woman's men that she loved

    • D.

      No one, just a poem

    Correct Answer
    A. The poet, Yeats
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the poet, Yeats. This is because the question asks who the poem is truly based on, and since Yeats is the poet who wrote the poem, it can be inferred that the poem is based on him.

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  • 10. 

    What does the poet do when he gets rejected?

    • A.

      Drinks all day

    • B.

      Tried to take his life

    • C.

      Hid his face amid a crowd of stars

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Hid his face amid a crowd of stars
    Explanation
    The poet hides his face amid a crowd of stars when he gets rejected. This suggests that he retreats into his own imagination and finds solace in the beauty and vastness of the universe. By immersing himself in the metaphorical "crowd of stars," he is able to escape the pain of rejection and find comfort in the celestial realm. This response showcases the poet's ability to find solace and inspiration in the natural world, even in the face of rejection.

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