- Regretful tone shwon through repition
- pathetic fallacy for anger and strife against life (temptous)
- title is a metaphor for life?
1st Stanza - suggestive of winter (christmas) = carolling, happiness and family
'he, she, all of them - yea' = union
'treble and tenor and base'
- harmonous = all go together
'candles mooning each face' - metaphor = each face reflecting candle light
'...' - passing of time
- jolly atmosphere contrasted by death and time
- suggestive of pain
- mournfurl tone of refrain
First 5 lines are happy - last 2 are reminder of mortality
'clear the creeping moss'
- metaphor = synical (death)
'Elders and juniors'
- juxtapostion creates contrast
- spring cleaning?
- changing seasons shows life transitions
- alliteration emphasing dead garden
'ah, no: the year o!' - repition reminder of time passing
'men and maidens'
- no longer children = growing up (time passing)
'glimpse of the bay'
- sign of hope for summer
' pet fowl come to the knee'
- death = cycle
- links to sick leaves
- juxtapostion and alliteration
- idea of rotting death
'high new house' - could suggest heaven?
'he, she, all of them...' - cyclical cycle = time passing
'clocks and carpets and chairs' - alliteration
- reflects ticking clock
- reflects 1st stanza
'down their carved names the raindrops plough'
- image of grave stones'
- focus on death and loss
- plough is sign of renewal (seed sowing) but yet is destructive