Poem Analysis; When We Two Parted

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In the poem by Lord Byron, it can be assumed the speaker is the author because it is written in first person. The readers do not know directly who it is addressed to but can assume it is from a lover who scorned him. In the first stanza, second line, the speaker says “to sever for years” talking about his heart break. The word sever means to separate from the whole. This word helps the reader to identify the speaker’s emotional standpoint of the separation. One can assume he feels as if his ex-lover has ripped his heart apart from hers. In the last line of the first stanza, “truly that hour foretold sorrow to this,” the speaker shows the readers that the pain and grief he feels in the moment of their separation does not ease with time. The feelings he felt in the moment of separation was just foreshadowing the greater sorrow the speaker would feel later on. In the second stanza, it describes the speaker’s atmosphere as being cold. “The dew of the morning sank chill on my brow it felt like the warning Of what I feel now;” the speaker is using nature to reflect his feelings. In the second stanza, fifth line, it states “Thy vows are all broken” which infers the speaker’s feelings of disappointment and betrayal. The speaker is bitter about ever believing in the words of the lover, feeling deceived. In the second stanza, last line, “share in its shame” represents the foolishness the speaker feels for loving that woman. In the third stanza, the speaker does not like hearing the lover’s name after their separation. He compares hearing her name to the sound of a “knell” which means a bell usually used in funerals or deaths. By this word choice, the speaker tells the reader just how deep his sorrow is, comparing hearing her name to hearing death bells each and every time. It causes him to question why he ever loved his ex-lover. “Long, long, shall I rue thee too
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