"A Song of Eternity in Time"

"Once, at night, in the manor wood
My Love and I long silent stood,
Amazed that any heavens could
Decree to part us, bitterly repining.
My Love, in aimless love and grief,
Reached forth and drew aside a leaf
That just above us played the thief
And stole our starlight that for us was shining.
A star that had remarked her pain
Shone straightway down that leafy lane,
And wrought his image, mirror-plain,
Within a tear that on her lash hung gleaming.
"Thus Time," I cried, "is but a tear
Some one hath wept 'twixt hope and fear,
Yet in his little lucent sphere
Our star of stars, Eternity, is beaming."
Personal Reaction:
My personal reaction to this poem is that I think that it is very romantic. It tells about a man (the narrorator) and how he is with the woman he loves in a leaf-filled path as the moonlight shines down. I think that it
Is very sweet.


Poetic Devices:

Poetic Devices used in the poem include:

  • imagery
  • assonance
  • alliteration
  • personification

Rhyme Scheme:


The rhyme scheme of the poem is:
A A A B C C C B D D D B E E E B

  • A is the -ood sound
  • B is the -ing sound
  • C is the -eaf sound
  • D is the -ain sound
  • E is the -er sound

Theme:


The theme of the poem is love. It shows how madly in love the narrorator is with the woman in the poem.