· The varying length of the stanzas give it an unplanned feeling – stream of consciousness/ memories surfacing
· The enjambment used throughout the poem fortifies this idea, creating a fast-paced recollection of memories. It is particularly prominent in his recalling of Maud’s youthful beauty- conveys excitement and yearning for the opportunity to again see this incomparable beauty.
· Sibilance sole—sake also contributes to this dreamlike/ethereal quality. The ‘s’ sound is quiet, calming and also despairing
· Youth and age
o Grey in your hair – image of decaying beauty
o First loveliness of womanhood – youthful perfection conveyed. Envy of the young?
o Link to ‘There is grey in your hair’/‘Hollow of cheek’ (Among School Children). Both images of ageing and the decaying of natural beauty
o Young men no longer suddenly catch their breath / When you are passing- The poem begins with somewhat prosaic language, perhaps representing the concept of growing old and old passions dying. Loss of beauty – negative portrayal of aging