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When We Two Parted Analysis



Author: Poetry of George Gordon, Lord Byron Type: Poetry Views: 6798







When we two parted

In silence and tears,

Half broken-hearted

To sever for years,

Pale grew thy cheek and cold,

Colder thy kiss;

Truly that hour foretold

Sorrow to this.



The dew of the morning

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;

I hear thy name spoken,

And share in its shame.



They name thee before me,

A knell to mine ear;

A shrudder comes o'er me--

Why wert thou so dear?

They know not I knew thee,

Who knew thee so well--

Long, long I shall rue thee,

Too deeply to tell.



In secret we met--

In silence I grieve,

That thy heart could forget,

Thy spirit deceive

If I should meet thee

After long years,

How should I greet thee?--

With silence and tears.





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i spent lot of time reading others comment and am really shuck how could u say that Byron is bisexual ,he is amazing poet and wrote many deep,beautiful poems and this one i adore it how could anyone stand being away from the one he loves ,and i had chosen this poem to discus it in class to let every one know about how great Byron is....ayah

| Posted on 2012-04-05 | by a guest


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Beautifu. i was actually looking for a poetry piece by byron for my presentation in english class tomorrow and i think i just found the poem im going to present with my poster/timeline of byrons life! i was reading all the comments up there and really who ever its about, its controversal. What i believe is its about byron loving someone who no one knows about, their relationships a secret but both cant love eachother because etheir its an affair or its forbidden or its both. i think when it says if he see\'s her again he\'ll receive her with silence and tears because he was really truely was in love with her and it hurts him 1) to see her again 2) to know their love for eachother never could have been 3) and maybe angry, knowing he couldnt have done anything to have kept them together.Its actually pretty sad loving someone you are forbidden to love and yes i can relate to that. Im actually trying to forget someone im forbidden to love but its hard. it makes me angry knowing i cant just runaway to escape everyone because i want no one to know cause its really forbidden . Like in a fairytale, they can just runaway from their problems, go somewhere no one will find them forever but see realty is you cant do that and you can\'t hide forever . I think i actually get what byron went through. And trust me its hard to forget but i have to . and maybe if i see him again, i won\'t know what to say but be silence with tears.

| Posted on 2012-03-15 | by a guest


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I shared this poem with my soon to be ex-husband.
It is the picture of our predicament!

| Posted on 2012-03-05 | by a guest


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Nice poem!. Made me cry ! ## reverting back to hyper emotions! True love exists? :0
Aastha Mathur
India

| Posted on 2012-01-10 | by a guest


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when we two parted is a love lyric. it was inspired by his love for his half sister augusta.the theme of the poem is unfulfilled love.
by:valie

| Posted on 2011-03-30 | by a guest


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I love the diction Byron uses, but the poem left me with MANY questions. Because of the history and dates associated with the piece, there is truly no way to be certain who it was written about.

| Posted on 2010-11-15 | by a guest


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guys, ur doing agreat job helping me.keep it up
thnx

| Posted on 2010-11-10 | by a guest


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The true answer is quite simple. Love from an illicit affair, no possibility of reuniting, a love so deep, unrequited. He was broken hearted and could not share, he tried to deceive his own heart that he despised her but could not. Words cannot explain the grief & longing yet, to see her again years later, all the anger and torment melted away into a tear for the long years lost. I know in my heart this to be true, for I have lived it. Luckily, after 10 years, we are happily together, open for all to see and still madly in love.

| Posted on 2010-08-29 | by a guest


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Isn't this poem not simply breaking up but also recounting memories after the death of his lover? First stanza "pale grew thy cheek and cold colder thy kiss", "a knell to mine ear". The last four stanza asks if afterlife exists.

| Posted on 2010-05-30 | by a guest


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I really love this poem.
It really have a good meaning.
Read this and inspired!
-jem

| Posted on 2010-05-27 | by a guest


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Analysing this poem is really difficult for me..However, after knowing Byron's background, I found the meaning of it. I love this poem that gives all the readers a good footprints of Byron himself.

| Posted on 2010-05-24 | by a guest


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Analysing this poem is really difficult for me..However, after knowing Byron's background, I found the meaning of it. I love this poem that gives all the readers a good footprints of Byron himself.

| Posted on 2010-05-24 | by a guest


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This poem is complex because Byron deliberatly misdated the date of its composition as 1816, in fact it was really written in 1815. IT is about Lady Frances Wedderburn Webster, the wife of a friend of Byron's; Byron had heard goddip about her affair with the Duke of Wellington. He himself had had a brief "platonic" affair with her in 1813: a heated and exciting chase, kept secret from her husband and ending without consummation.
This is what my british literature book claims anyway. Just thought I'd leave the input.

| Posted on 2010-02-08 | by a guest


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I presented this poem for poetry out loud last week and it brought a standing ovation.... not nessacarily because of the recitation, but because of the poem's content. I love this Poem!

| Posted on 2010-02-07 | by a guest


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okay people , theres no proof saying exactly who hes talking about, but this poem was written in 1808 and he did not have an affair with his half sister until 1815. so how can it be about her? he did have a heartbreak in 1805 when his first love left him for another man. but did he honestly hang on to her for 3 years ? i dont think so . and whoever said there was a possibility it could be a man, it could be anybody cause hes talking about a secret love, which means no one knew about it . thats why its questionable in the first place .

| Posted on 2009-12-07 | by a guest


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My theory with this poem was never that of a simple breakup. I had always been given the impression of an affiar. The feeling I had harbored, which I've never found any proof of, is that of an execution. If this poem was, infact, written for Lady Frances Warren, then she most certainly would have lost her noble standing, been disowned by her family, and divorced by her husband. An public hanging isn't that far off. That was always my theory, but be assured I have no proof of this.
I first read this poem in a book of romantic poetry given to me by my grandmother, and I've loved it ever since then. It's one of my all-time favorites!

| Posted on 2009-11-30 | by a guest


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umm.. hate to break your bubble but he wrote it about his half-sister
i do agree it's a great poem though and if anything i think this makes it better because you understand more why it's a forbiden love

| Posted on 2009-10-28 | by a guest


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hey first . This is Huda , 21 years old . studying English literature . looking for something to present to my class as a comparative literature . between Byron and Farouq Gwaidah . I likes this poem .
it's clear that the poet talks about two lovers left each other . He expresses his feelings in this dark , violent and grieve moment .
I hope that my presentation be wonderful . pray for me ....

| Posted on 2009-10-22 | by a guest


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Umm. I dont know how many people have brought this up before, but Lord Byron was likely to be Bisexual, so this poem could be about a man, which would make some sense, if their relationship was secret.

| Posted on 2009-10-17 | by a guest


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Awesome poem that im doing for english. I agree that "It talks about o women he loved in secret and she died and He cannot grief over her because their relashionship was a secret and every time he hears her name he feels a pain and he wonders if when he sees her in heaven if their relashonship will still be the same love as before." and also what is with those freaky divorce stories.

| Posted on 2009-10-05 | by a guest


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well first of all i love dis poem and after reading all u guys' comments all i can say is omg!!!

| Posted on 2009-09-17 | by a guest


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I picked this poem for an english project, because i fell in love with it. i tried to discover the meaning but everytime i read it something eles pops out and changes it for me.
When i first read it i thought they broke up and when he says "Thy vows are all broken" i thought it meant being together forever, "I seacret we met" knowing they couldnt be together.
Then i thought she created on him with all vows broken. Then i thought "Why am i thinking of a guy being hurt, why not a girl?" then i went back to the boy because i thought it was easier to figuer because i look at girls to be higher up like romeo and juliet.
Now i read others comments to try and find a meaning that works with what i can write...and i never thought of dealth....and now thats all i can think about.
Eventhough i think it might mean a breakup...i think dealth makes more sense.
I love this poem because i can connect to it because i know how it feels, my loved one did not die(breakup), but i feel of the pain of someone leaving forever.
~Cassi (sorry long commment)

| Posted on 2009-06-13 | by a guest


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Amazing poem. Amazing poet. Interesting life that gives more insight to the poem than what meets its initial reading. Love it, love him.

| Posted on 2009-06-09 | by a guest


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Lord Bryon's, "When we Two parted" is about a woman and a man who were secretly in love and couldn't be together because of their social classes. They separated for some time and she promised to love him forever, when in reality she basically started sleeping around and got a bad reputation. Now, the man is hearing other people talk about her because they never knew that he loved her and he is sharing in her shame. He concludes by asking her how he can ever face her again and his answer is with tears.

| Posted on 2009-05-27 | by a guest


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The earliest memory I have of this poem dated almost 10 years ago when my sister and I made music with this poem. I love the magnetism of the words being used by the poet.

| Posted on 2009-04-26 | by a guest


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This classic poem is timeless and fits my life perfectly. A girl was in love with me and i denied her for two years, then i fell in love with her and thats when she was forced by her parents to move across the country. We stayed in contact for years, theres more, but o well. Also, dude who posted on Posted on 2009-01-15 | by a guest... Only a jackase with no life would bash poets on a POETRY SITE!

| Posted on 2009-03-09 | by a guest


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This classic poem is timeless and fits my life perfectly. A girl was in love with me and i denied her for two years, then i fell in love with her and thats when she was forced by her parents to move across the country. We stayed in contact for years, theres more, but o well. Also, dude who posted on Posted on 2009-01-15 | by a guest... Only a jackass with no life would bash poets on a POETRY SITE!

| Posted on 2009-03-09 | by a guest


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he played with the words very well, the simplicity of the poem makes it a master piece, something to relate to and to learn from, what true love realy is, how it feels like to lose someone you have loved dearly and cherished over the years or even months. this is a true master piece. to you aspiring poets, learn this, it is not in the big words you use but the simplicity of the heart felt. Salut! Lord Byron. bien!T-LORas

| Posted on 2009-03-05 | by a guest


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he played with the words very well, the simplicity of the poem makes it a master piece, something to relate to and to learn from, what true love realy is, how it feels like to lose someone you have loved dearly and cherished over the years or even months. this is a true master piece. to you aspiring poets, learn this, it is not in the big words you use but the simplicity of the heart felt. Salut! Lord Byron. bien!

| Posted on 2009-03-05 | by a guest


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This poem is the outcome of true love it seems like.
He loved her, even if she is now gone.
It seems as if everybody has been through this so it's very relative to almost everybody.

| Posted on 2009-03-02 | by a guest


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This is one of my favorite poems!(Right next to "You Smiled" by Walter Savage Landor) I found this right after my boyfriend and I broke up while I was doing research for my Ntl. History Day project and as soon as I read it I started crying. Now I read it whenever he starts upsetting me and laugh at the fact that I ever felt this way about someone as rude and horrible to me as him. The best part about this poem is that I don't feel this way any more!

| Posted on 2009-02-09 | by a guest


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er.u guys r all pussies i ve hated this poem and all poems from the outset im sure u all r nerds so all i want 2 say is "GET A LIFE"

| Posted on 2009-01-15 | by a guest


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i first read this poem in my gcse english class, and it has stuck with me ever since. i love the amibguity, and how it leaves you to draw your own conclusions as to what were the circumstances, and who was his lover? having read the comments below, it never even occurred to me that his lover may have died, or they might have been divorced.
i love the rhyme scheme, and how when you read it, it seems to take on its own tone and lift off the page into your mind's eye; at least, it happens with me.

| Posted on 2008-11-14 | by a guest


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simply put, a poem that fits the romantics genre so perfectly!
Byron has generated a large build up of emotion for the reader, the rhyming scheme is quite simplistic and changes with the tone/mood of the poem
the element which seems to make this poem so heartfelt is the exploration of the ideas around break up and hardship when this type of even is encountered, it is a battle of the inner emotions
"in silence and tears
half broken hearted"...
"in secret we met-
in silence i grieve"
a topic so easily related to society and with timeless meaning!
what a spectacular piece!

| Posted on 2008-11-09 | by a guest


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The simple yet meaningful language of this poem makes it easy to interpret yet in no way takes away from the tragic nature of the poem. The two lovers obviously had a relationship rivaled only by Romeo and Juliet. When she left he was heart-broken. But as time went on he became hopeful that they might meet again. This is the true meaning of a heart break. This poem embodies the true nature of love being dashed away like dust in the wind. A true masterpiece.

| Posted on 2008-10-22 | by a guest


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I feel this poem is very emotional.
it's something that every body can relate
to. Whether they have either been in a relationship
they can relate to the poem one way or another

| Posted on 2008-09-17 | by a guest


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this poem is one of the most heartfelt poems ever...

| Posted on 2008-08-19 | by a guest


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this poem is arousing to the sense.
i got divorced once. my husband prodded my eyeball out with a fork, so i cut his leg off with a chainsaw. how dare he.
anyways, awesome poem lord byron!

| Posted on 2008-06-15 | by a guest


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The simplistic form of the poem makes it seem more tragic and emotional to the reader. It is rare for a poem to make you go cold as this one does. Byron does not use complicated phrases or imagery seems to reach out to the reader making it more moving. This poem truly moved me because it seemed to sum up my first love who I had a secret relationship and despite my feelings never loved me back.

| Posted on 2007-11-22 | by a guest


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Lord Byrons dad Captain John Byron was a carpenter in Aberdeen.Know one kows why he was called captain but poeple say he used to be a captain of a largde fishing boat called "The Duke of Aberdeen" Captain John Byron wrote poems in his free time. This is where lord byron first undertsood the writing of poems, mostly love ones because his dad wrote poems to his sister who lived in england.

| Posted on 2007-10-24 | by a guest




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