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Poet’s use of language

Use of pathetic fallacy; a dismal scene is set.
Metaphor of the speaker at a “junction” in his life.
Metaphorical use of the seasons, the speaker initially sees himself in the spring of his life, “in dry March weather”.
The speaker takes the micro experience of the love shared between him and his betrothed and uses the natural, permanent imagery of the “Primaeval rocks” to make it a universal experience.
Deliberate avoidance of fluidity; characteristic of Hardy.
Personification of Time.
Repetition of “shrinking, shrinking” to emphasise the speaker’s fading memories.
The sinking sands represent the inevitable passage of time.
Ghostly images.
Variation of line length.
Frequent use of enjambment.
The rhyme scheme and story-telling method are characteristics of Hardy.
Emphatic and abrupt last line.