- 6 verses of cross ryhme
- last line shorter than the other three = diminishing final line - shows everything passing
- saying goodbye
- repition shows everything slipping away
- loss or acceptance of loss?
'We kissed at the barrier, and passing through'
- 'barrier' sense of seperation
- 'kissed' implys intimacy
- 'passing through' enjament (line carries on) contrasts with togetherness and seperation
- 'she left me...'
'Smaller and smaller'
- metaphor for memory = as it gets further away he remembers less
- suggests she is leaving and slipping away more and more
'she was but a spot'
- she has turned into nothing
'a wee white sport of muslin fluff'
- 'spot' links to the 1st stanza
- describing dress floating away like memories
- etheral = floaty = not quite there = insubstanial
'diminishing platform bore'
- means disappearing into the distance links to 1st stanza
'hustling crowds of gentle and rough'
- juxtapostion and contrast
- new beginning
'lamplight's fitful glowers'
- suggests evening
- gas lamps flicker = didn't burn steady? = links to their relationship?
- sense of things flucuating - going up and down
- creates ominous feeling
'whose interests were apart from ours'
- sense of togetherness and sharing between him and her
'she would disappear,'
- just like lamp lights = comes and goes
'more than my life to me had vanished quite'
- meant more to him than life
- completely gone?
'penned new plans since that fair fond day'
- correspondance (love letters) = connections through alliteration and consnonance = link between people
'she will appear again'
- she will return
'perhaps in the same soft white array but never as then'
- suggests time passing = never will recapture the moment
- she will never be the same as she was in that moment
'And why, young man, must eternally fly, A joy you'll repeat, if you love her well'
- someone asking the poet a question
- why does the memory disappear if you love her so?
'o friend, nought happens twice thus; why, I cannot tell'
- poet replying
- nothing ever happens the same
- each meeting will be different = each moment must go
- you cannot pin down the past