W. B. Yeats, After Long Silence

This poem is about the time just after a fight between two lovers. The heat and passion has died down and all that is left is silence. In a way, neither know what to do and perhaps feel that “speech after long silence; it is right.” The narrator appears to be older, if not old, due to the mention of young people in the last line (” young/ we loved each other and were ignorant”). On the other hand, perhaps the narrator is very old and frail indeed (“bodily decrepitude is wisdom”).

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