Poet William Butler Yeats was a staunch Irish nationalist who dedicated much of his career to exploring Irish subjects. So, were he alive today, he might be surprised to find his poetry the subject of a Japanese-style comic more than a century after its writing. 

Montreal-based illustrator Julian Peters adapts classic poetry into comics, and W.B. Yeats’ work is just one of his inspirations. His Manga-style interpretation of Yeats’ “When You Are Old” (1893) takes the poet’s classic lines and gives them modern visuals. The Japanese style manages to meld harmoniously with the poetry, underscoring how universal his work can be. 


Read the whole poem/comic on Peters’ site

[h/t: Open Culture]