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When we two parted

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Transcript of When we two parted

"When We Two Parted"
By: George Gordon
"A Little Too Not Over You"
By: David Archuleta About the Poem This poem was written by George Gordon also know as Lord Byron. Gordon was believed to have had an affair with his half- sister Augusta which may be referenced to in this poem. However there are other beliefs that the affair referenced may have been with another man which would also explain the reasons for 'silence' described in this poem. First Two Stanzas Connection to Romanticism Last Two Stanzas Analysis

The Narrator talks about breaking up with someone which has left him devastated. The narrator feels that the one he loves started to become distant or as he describes her as cold and pale. The narrator thinks this should have hinted that he would feel the sorrow he is currently experiencing. Stanza 1

When we two parted
In silence and tears,
Half broken-hearted
To sever for years,
5 Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this. Stanza 3

They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shudder comes o'er me -
20 Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee too well:
Long, long shall I rue thee,
Too deeply to tell. Analysis

The day they parted it was wet and gloomy outside and it should have been a sign that they would break up. His significant other has left him with empty promises and the breakup does not appear to have any affect on this significant other and yet whenever the narrator hears his/her name mentioned he feels shameful because of his involvement in the affair. Analysis

The narrator compares hearing his ex-lover's name to hearing a death bell ringing. He shudders to even think of this ex-lover and wonders why he loved him/her so much and why this person meant so much to him. Nobody knew they were together *implying that they were having an affair or there was some reason for secrecy in the relationship*, He says he regrets their relationship together. Analysis

The narrator reinforces the idea of an affair and the fact that he can not talk to anybody about the breakup due to the secrecy. He is upset that his lover could ever forget the love they shared and leave him devastated. He says if they happen to meet again he will be reminded of the sadness and greet him or her with 'silence and tears' . A Little Too Not Over You It never crossed my mind at all
That's what I tell myself
What we had has come and gone
You're better off with someone else

It's for the best I know it is but I see you
Sometimes I try to hide what I feel inside
And I turn around, you're with him now
I just can't figure it out

Tell me why you're so hard to forget
Don't remind me, I'm not over it
Tell me why I can't seem to face the truth
I'm just a little too not over you, not over you

Aren't memories supposed to fade?
What's wrong with my heart?
Shake it off, let it go
Didn't think it'd be this hard Should be strong, moving on but I see you
Sometimes I try to hide what I feel inside
And I turn around, you're with him now
I just can't figure it out

Tell me why you're so hard to forget
Don't remind me, I'm not over it
Tell me why I can't seem to face the truth
I'm just a little too not over you

Maybe I regret everything I said
No way to take it all back
Now I'm on my own, how I let you go
I'll never understand I'll never understand!

Tell me why you're so hard to forget
Don't remind me, I'm not over it
Tell me why I can't seem to face the truth
I'm just a little too not over you

Tell me why you're so hard to forget
Don't remind me, I'm not over it
Tell me why I can't seem to face the truth
And I really don't know what to do
I'm just a little too not over you, not over you Analysis of Song Differences The poem is composed of 4 octets in the pattern ABAB....OPOP Keep an eye out for repetition, enjambment
metaphors, and end rhyme used in this poem. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv_HuqaDjBo The Bigger Picture When Gordon wrote this poem he may have been trying to communicate many things for example:
He had many affairs in his lifetime and in this particular poem he seems to emphasize that it ends in silence and tears so he may be communicating that all relationships end in heartache
He may also be communicating that relationships are tough. They are not always great they have their ups AND their downs. In this particular poem he is emphasizing the downsides of a relationship.
It's possible that Byron may have just felt upset and wanted to express his emotional state through a poem Connections between the Song and the Poem Both speakers are in the midst of moving on from a painful breakup
They both are having trouble moving on from their exes
They both are filled with pain when remembering the great times they had together
They are experiencing many different emotions including anger, sorrow, and regret The speaker in the song is grieving over the breakup between him and his girlfriend
He know that it is for the best that she move on because he was unable to treat her right
He regrets everything he did and said to hurt her
He never realized how much he would miss her when she was gone and how much it would pain him to see her moving on
He is trying to keep his emotions bottled up and does not tell her how he feels because she has moved on
He is unable to move on and does not understand why even though it is quite clear he still loves her
He continues to try and convince himself that the relationship is over; He is in denial
Every time he sees her he is reminded of everything they had together and struggles to keep his emotions inside Stanza 2

The dew of the morning
10 Sunk chill on my brow -
It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now.
Thy vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame;
15 I hear thy name spoken,
And share in its shame. Stanza 4

25 In secret we met -
In silence I grieve
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive.
If I should meet thee
30 After long years,
How should I greet thee?
With silence and tears. Byron's poem reflects the Romantic belief that everyone should be in touch with their emotions. Not only does Byron express his emotions but he also demonstrates a complex, and intense range of these emotions including regret, sorrow, and shame .

Archuleta also expresses this Romantic theme of expressing many deep emotions. He chose to emphasize emotions such as sorrow, denial, regret, and longing. In the poem, Byron is going through a break-up with someone he was having an affair with In the song, the speaker is just going through an average break-up Song Poem The speaker is having a hard time accepting the fact that the person he loves is with someone else but he is still trying to feel happy by saying that the person is better off with someone else. The speaker cannot accept the fact that the person he loved has left him.
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