Essay on Poem Analysis : When I Was One And Twenty

780 Words Jun 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Once a pond a time, a boy met a girl and they fell madly in love, and they lived happily ever after. That was our perception of love, when we were kids because we did not know the difference between fairytales and reality. However, as we got older we realized that love is more complex than that, relationships require a lot of hard work. Sometimes, we do not realize the amount of effort that must be put forth in order for our relationship to thrive, that when we are warned away from entering one, we ignore the warning because we picture the perfect fairytale. In A.E. Housman’s poem, “When I Was One-and-Twenty,” Housman depicts a youthful the persona obtaining advice about love from, “a wise man” (2). While, reading this poem it is clear that the wise man has experienced unrequired love before, as he advises the persona from falling in love because it will steal his or her freedom. However, the person was too young and naïve, “But when I was one-and twenty, / No use to talk to me” (7-8) to take the advice the man was giving. It was not until the person gained a year of life experience, that he or she realizes they should have listened to the wise man: “And I am two-and-twenty / And oh, ‘tis true, ‘tis true” (15-16). As we can see from the poem, young adults do not accept advice from those more knowledgeable than them, because they feel like they know what is best for themselves. That is why when my sister gave me relationship advice; when I was seventeen, I failed to take…

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