… Silencie and Tears … Marisol Rey Castillo "...SILENCE AND TEARS..."GEORGE GORDON, LORD BYRON (1788-1824)WHEN WE TWO PARTEDWhen we two partedIn silence and tears,Half broken-heartTo sever for years,Pale grew thy cheek and cold,Colder thy kiss;Truly that hour foretoldSorrow to this.The dew of the morningSunk chill on my browIt felt like the warningOf 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,And knell to mine ear;A shudder comes over meWhy were thou so dear?They know not I knew thee,Who knew thee too well:Long, long shall I rue thee,Too deeply to tell.In secret we metIn silence I grieve,That thy heart could forget,Thy spirit deceive.If I should meet theeAfter long, years,How should I greet thee?With silence and tears.George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824) belonged to the period ofromanticism. He was a rebelious man and his life was very scandalous.Lord Byron in his poem "When we two parted" shows some aspects, but hereI want to refer only to three. The first is Byrons feelings when finishing arelationship, the second is the hidden and forbidden love between him and awoman, and the third is the way in which Byron refers to this woman. Manycritics has said that the most part of his works are autobiographical. This poemis not an exception. I think this poem is autobiographical in Byron, because heliked to have affairs with many women that were forbidden for him.First at all, I have to say that this poem is conformed by four stanzas of eightlines each one.In this poem Lord Byron is the speaker who talks to a woman. The mood ofthis poem is very sad, because he is talking about the separation between himand this woman. The title and the beginning of the poem gives the reader a
… Silencie and Tears … Marisol Rey Castillopremonition about what is going to happen in the poem. The speaker is tellingwhat he is going to feel:"When we two partedIn silence and tears,Half broken-heartTo sever for years,"Then, the speaker describes what he feels and he continues doing that duringthe whole poem. As we can see, he says he will be very sad, but not onlyduring few time, but during some years. In the second stanza he says:"The dew of the morningSunk chill on my browIt felt like the warningOf what I feel know"Before, he presents this separation, but know it is a fact that makes him feel sosad. He uses the adjective "chill" and "cold" during the whole poem to refer tohis sadness.In the third stanza when he knows about their separation he says:"A shudder comes over meWhy were thou so dear?...Long, long shall I rue thee,Too deeply to tell."Know he trembles. When a person trembles is because he is sad, afraid ofsomething and is cold. I can say that all three aspects are presented in thefeelings of Byron. He is sad because of the separation of them, he is afraid oflosing her (in fact, he has lost her) and he feels cold because of his fear and hissadness. This idea is reinforced in last stanza where he is afraid she can forgethim:"In silence I grieve,That thy heart could forget,Thy spirit deceive."Another important aspect is that he talks about her, but no in a good way:" Thy vows are all broken,And light is thy fame:I hear thy name spoken,And share in its shame."We can see a very important aspect of the woman he loves. He says "Thyvows are all broken" it means the promises she had made him. The problemhere is that in the poem we can not see the "vows" she made him. But it is notall. Then he says "light is thy fame" and when we say that the fame of aperson is light, is because the reputation of that person is not so good. Thisidea is reinforced by the following two lines when he speaks about the shameof her name. Here I can see clearly that the name and the reputation andperhaps the occupation of that woman are not very honest or honorable orperhaps that this woman is married (this aspect is not explicit in the poem).