"The light of evening, Lissadel, - Great windows open to the south,"
- light = good, happy.
- Lissadel - assonance = beautiful.
- starts of with memory - shows desire to go back - timeless picture of them.
- windows opening = oppurtunity, potential.
"Two girls in silk kimonos, both - Beautiful, one a gazelle."
- memory of them - girls = young.
- caesura after beautiful - stresses the beauty of the past.
- rhythm breaks up before beautiful - emphasised.
- repeated later - sort of refrain.
"But a raving autumn sears - Blossom from the summer's wreath;"
- raving autumn = time - harsh, crazy, powerful - similar to autumn in Wild Swans.
- sears = branding - quite violent.
- contrast to blossom which is a natural, beautiful process.
- wreath is associated with death/funerals.
"The older is condemned to death, - Pardoned drags out lonely years - Conspiring among ignorant."
- death and wreath = half rhyme - stresses death.
- pardoned - rhythm breaks - miss a beath - start on stronger beat - build up of anger.
- caesura - emphasises next phrase about loneliness.
- lonely because their hearts have been "enchanted to a stone" - consequences of politics.
- conspiring - rhythm breaks up - anger building up.
- ignorant - implies their not even doing anything useful.