When You Are Old by W. B. Yeats (Manga Style)

My adaptation of Yeats’ 1893 poem, done in the manner of a Japanese manga. The style is a tribute to the beautiful Shojo manga (girls’ comics) created by the “Clamp” collective in the early 90s. The manga-style screentones are by the illustrator and artist Maryse Daniel. Click on images to enlarge.
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41 Responses to When You Are Old by W. B. Yeats (Manga Style)

  1. collegealaric11 says:

    You are so versatile in your style; it’s a delight and wonder to see / read your adaptations of poems.
    A poet myself, albeit not yet courageous enough to pursue publication, I would love my lines to be illustrated in such a manner.


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  4. Patti says:

    Lovely, lovely!


  5. Brilliant, and beautifully done. You definitely brought out certain lines in ways that some great readers’ voices did not. You’ve inspired me to record this one and link back to this.


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  8. YOU. You are absolutely brilliant and your art renditions of some of my favorite poems (this one. Prufrock, the Drunken Boat) are the best thing I’ve seen. In love with your work.

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  10. Anonymous says:

    I never fully appreciated this poem until reading it here. The manga style brings out the depth of meaning.


  11. Tayná says:

    I cried. Thanks. This saved my day. I really love this poem and Yeats. And read in this beautiful shoujo art style. Thanks.


  12. Anonymous says:

    Really beautiful.


  13. Miss Chili says:

    Absolutely beautifully enchanting rendition of this poem!!!


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  17. Thoroughly enjoyed this, well done Julian. You have another fan in Oz!.


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  19. your capacity to capture the soul of a poem amazes me!


  20. stilesroad says:

    You got the rhythm of Yeats terrifically. You dealt with his Yeatsian ‘brevity’ with panache ! Loved it.


  21. Gopali Chakraborty Ghosh says:

    Entrancingly beautiful and engaging


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  23. barbarainoz says:

    I love Yeats, and this is a fresh and fabulous take on an old favourite…TQ..xx


  24. Diane G. Paquin says:

    Mr Peters, you have a chameleon heart, or pencil, and art. These humorous and changing skins of yours are very pleasantly entertaining. Thank you, thank you.


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  26. Julian, I linked to your site from Renee LaTulippe’s blog NWR (No Water River) and I’m so glad I invited myself in. I love the close up of the eyes, the emotions illustrated gives me such a deep soulful longing. This is really good!


    • Thanks a lot! Japanese manga eyes are indeed incredibly soulful. In fact it was probably Yeats’ line about the woman’s eyes with “their shadows deep” that gave me the idea of adapting this poem in this particular style.


  27. This is really beautiful, impressive, exciting! I linked to it on my blog today (the Yeats “Lake Isle of Innisfree” post). So happy to have found your blog!


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