Broken Dreams was printed in 1917 after Yeats' last proposal to Maude Gonne, he was 52 years old when it was published. Around the time this poem was published, women couldn't have your vote, there were zero jobs for females, women had been less equivalent and the suffragette movement was going on. Yeats in the poem is usually talking about Maude, she was obviously a woman he loved the girl didn't like him back. The poem is quite distant and great, it's like he's giving a lecture.
Yeats mentions the women's flaws in every stanza, he is constant; " There exists grey in your hair". He admits that that 'young men no longer suddenly catch their breath when you are passing' Yeats is definitely suggesting that ladies are nothing without beauty, this individual also utilized a well known catch phrase that was emotive. Through some of the composition there are spiritual aspects 'Because it was your prayer' The religious imagery and connotations of death could suggest that his love for her may possibly have passed away, there is also a sense that a lot of time has passed which makes Yeats seem to be as if he's being reflective.
The poem starts off with a significant set rhyme scheme which provides a sense of rhetoric, it's like he is delivering a speech. The vocally mimic eachother scheme changes in the third stanza which backlinks to the thought of her if she is not powerful any more. There is a great irregular stanza length just like there is for many of Yeats poems which could suggest a chopping and changing of feelings, is actually like he could be confused in many poems. Through this particular composition, he is indecisive, he naturally still has emotions for her nevertheless he's not sure about his feelings.
As the poem goes on, the partnership becomes significantly less valuable and he turns into more negative; 'The last stroke of midnight drops dead. All day in one chair' this kind of line allows you to think of him dying, outdated people take a seat in chairs all day long, he could be lonely and he only has his memories with him. Through the entire poem he repeats the queue 'vague memories, nothing but memories' this could be since he's focusing the fact that her splendor and their...