About his body aging while his soul stays youthful
- written in cross-ryhme
- shows continuous passing of time
- sign of aging
- falling apart - decomposing - body is already dead
'Would God it come to pass my heart had shrunk as thin'
- direct speech - commenting on what he sees
- praying to God that it happens
- 'heart' makes him feel love and compassion
- doesnt want to feel strongly anymore. Wants his heart to be the same as what he sees
'For then, I, undistrest'
- if his heart were weak as his appearance suggests if people don't love him he wouldn't care - undisstressed
'by hearts grown cold to me'
- suggests he was loved once - doesn't want to be hurt by heart break anymore
- worse to be loved then forgotten
- assonance focuses on 'grown cold'
'lonely wait my endless rest'
- death (goes on forever)
- rest suggests comfortless linked through assonance, juxtaposition and sibilance
- awaiting and accepting death as coming for him
-'Time' - abstract
- personification shows importance = mean and cruel
- time may steal your youthful looks but leaves you with your youthful thoughts = vindictive
- stolen youth but left you with age
'make me grieve'
-loss of love = no one loves him anymore
'part steals, lets part abide'
-repition of part suggests division just like his body and mind
- feels he is trapped in old body with young mind
- ',' = break in sentence adds emphasis
3rd Stanza Continued
- 'lets part abide' = funeral hymn
'fragile frame at eve'
-alliteration emphasises that his body is weak
- 'eve' means evening
- end of line, life stanza, poem
- metaphor for end of life
- body is at the evening but mind is at noon
'throbbings' = heartache
- young man growing older
- maturity towards the end of day and end of life