Q.1. “Politics” or “Love”, which one is your choice?
Or What does Yeats say about politics, love and travel?
Or Is love really more important than politics?
Or Discuss the importance of love in comparison with politics.
Or Discuss the poem as the contrast between love and politics.2002
Or W.B Yeats does not underestimate politics nor does he reject it.2007
Or How far is politics important in the eyes of W.B Yeats? 2008
According to the poet, both politics and love are important in this modern age but love has an upper hand and has a great influence on human life. No other passion is stronger than the passion of love. Love is superior to politics, war, travelling and education. The poet talks about the realities of politics, travelling and love and shows his preference for love. Love is a universal fact like politics and travelling. But it is far more pervasive and piercing than either of the two.
There is a young girl standing on one side. There is a much-travelled man and a politician. The traveller has got first-hand practical knowledge of the world. The politician has only theoretical knowledge.
But the poet cannot pay any attention to Russian, Roman or Spanish politics in the presence of a young girl who is attracting his attention. Her presence creates in him the wish to be young again and to take her in his arms. Hence the poet cannot think of anything else in the presence of a young girl who is his love. He prefers love to politics. So, like the poet, my choice is also loved as it is really more important than politics.
Q.2. How does the poet distinguish between the travelled man and politician?
The poet presents two persons and compares them according to the situation. A traveller is an experienced man. He has seen the world with his eyes. He has got practical knowledge about the world. He is intelligent and wise. He knows how to control his passions. His arguments are well-considered and thought out. His understanding of current politics is very keen and deep. He possesses first-hand knowledge of the traditions and values in different parts of the world. He talks in an authoritative tone.
On the other hand, the politician is a well-read and well-educated fellow. He has thought deeply over the burning questions of the day. His analysis of the current political situation is based on his deep studies. Whatever he says about war and dangers of war, maybe true. But the poet does not want to listen to him because he has only theoretical knowledge:-
“And maybe what he says is true,
Of war and war’s alarms”
But the poet wishes to be young and embrace his beloved forgetting the whole world as he says:-
“But O that I were young again And held her in my arms.”
Q.3. Why does the poet wish to be young again? 2002
The poet wishes to be young again to enjoy the blessing of love. He mocks at the politician and the experienced traveller who boast of their knowledge, experience, intelligence and wiseness. They control and regulate the affairs of the world. But they neglect the sweet aspect of life that is love. They talk only of war and its dangers. They might be true in their discussion and analysis of politics. But they are far from the blessings of love.
The poet says that he cannot pay any attention to Russian, Roman or Spanish politics in the presence of a young girl. Her beauty attracts his attention. Her presence creates in him the wish to be young again and to take her in his arms. The poet cannot think of anything else in her presence.
He prefers love to politics, war, travelling and education. He wants to enjoy the company of his beloved. The charming face of his beloved is the chief object of his interest. Thus, he wants to be young again and enjoy the blessings of love.
Yeats wrote this poem to jeer at those who did not care for the passion of love.