- the stanzas become longer through the poem showing farewell as long and drawn out
- cross ryhme shows the regular passing of time
'she looked like a bird from a cloud'
- 'cloud...clammy...dim...' suggests some sort of beginning
'dim of dawn'
- muted = quite low key
'candles alight in the room'
- contrast with the 1st stanza 'dim'
'strange, ghostly, unreal'
- haunting 'ghostly'
- list of 3 emphasises that there is a dream like quality
- atmosphere ghostly and sinister
'as of chances the chance furthermost'
- he doesn't think he will ever see her again
- 'chances...chance' random occurance
- personifcation = God's plan
- wasn't actually random chance = they were meant to be
'No prelude did I there perceive to a drama at all..'
- he didn't see this as a beginning = took him by surprise
'or foreshadow what fortune might weave'
- alliteration foreshadowing and emphasising positive outcome
- 'weave' metaphor describing life as a tapestry = there is a plan
- The Three Fates
'Even then the scale might have been turned against love by a feather'
- metaphor suggesting love is vulnerable affected by weight of a feather
- love is subject to so many influences
- links to imagery of bird in 1st stanza
- private and intimate