- Written about his dead wife
- Cross ryhme represents his continuous love for her
- Enjament and caesuras also show continuous love throughout the poem
- Even when you think all is lost, there is still a faint echo
- 'The Voice' - oddly impersonal - all that is left is her voice, the image is gone
'you call to me, call to me'
- suggests he can't lose the voice from his head'
- can't let her go
'when you had changed from the one who was all to me'
- fell out of love (bored)
- acknowleding human fault - the way people are
'but at first, our day was fair'
- remembers the day he met her
- remembers initial attraction - nostalgic
- 'fair' represents love = pathetic fallacy (his love is cyclical)
First three lines
- reminising good memories
- early days of relationship
'even to the originial air-blue gown'
- attention to detail
-links to 'fair' blossoming of love and nature
- nature = change
- poignancy = she's dead
'you being ever dissolved to wan wistlessness'
- shows the breeze blowing (blows things away, she's fading away) is it her voice or the breeze?
- something full has now been lost
'far or near?'
- sense of ambivolence
- caesura = focuses on his isolation
- alliteration draws attention to his emotions
'leaves around me falling'
- reaching the autumn of his life
'wind oozing thin through the thorn norward'
- alliteration slows down the line emphasising his suffering and loss
' woman calling'
- cyclical structure
- something remains, even if it is just a memory or a faint echo