The song of the old mother
Oasis school of Maadi
In this ten-line poem, Yeats talks about the life of an old woman who compares her harsh daily routine with that of carefree young women.
In the first four lines, the old woman tells us that she has to get up at sunrise, start a fire and prepares to cook throughout the day and work. It is obvious that the mother is compared to the sun in a metaphorical way. First of all she states “I rise in the dawn” which is an image of the sun rising early ...view middle of the document...
She complains that young women have no work to do; they spend their time in day dreaming. They don't have to get up early like she does; they can stay in bed as long as they wish. All that matters is if their hair and their clothes match each other.
In the last two lines of the poem, the old mother returns to thoughts of how she has to spend her days: there is a repetition of the word “must” that assures us that she must work because she’s old and that there will always be work that needs to be done. In The last line there is a comparison “the fire is growing cold” the old woman is compared to the fire that she lights, as how she works from the dawn when the fire is lit and only rests when she is “feeble and cold” when the fire goes out.
Yeats represented the thoughts of an old woman in very simple words which is the story of every person who gets old. Once we get old we look at the younger generation in the same way as the old woman looks at the young lazy women. As the age increases, most of the people miss the time they have spent when they were young and more energetic. However during our young age we waste our energies in useless activities, while older people remain engage in useful activities and take all the important decisions. It is the situation through which most of the person goes during the old age.