“When You Are Old” is obviously a very romantic poem but it is also about aging.
The poem When You Are Old is a romantic and aging piece as author William Butler Yeat is addressing his love to a girl and telling her to imagine herself in the future. In the present time, this girl was loved by many guys, as mentioned in the first two lines of the second stanza. Yeats claimed that all the guys loved her for her looks while his love was unique. Yeats wants the girl to think about herself in the future because when she is old and not pretty anymore, she will no longer be loved as much. However, Yeats wants the girl to understand that even though she is no longer pretty and no one loves her anymore, his unique love is still there for her.