'The fountains mingle with the river' - The writer uses
personification to show comparisons between what
happens in nature and his own desire to be with his lover.
'All things by a law divine' - the narrator thinks that it's
God's law that everything is nature mingles together.
'Why not I with thine?' - In both stanzas, the first 6 or 7 lines are
confident assertions, which contrast with the rhetorical questions in the
'In one another's being mingle-' - the repetition of 'mingle'
emphasises how everything in nature is united. Also, the dash
creates a pause to emphasise the question at the end of the stanza.
'the mountains kiss high heaven and the waves clasp one
another' - Use of physical language hints at his
frustration that he cant do these things to his lover.
'No sister-flower would be forgiven' - the narrator claims that his
loved ones lack of love towards him goes against God's law and is
'What is all this sweet work worth' - The narrator questions
the point of the world if his lover doesn't love him. This
suggests that love gives life meaning. This question could also
be a hyperbole as he might be purposely exaggerating to try
to persuade her.
'If thou kiss not me?' - The final line in each stanza only has 5
syllables and is monosyllabic which increases the impact of
the question and makes them stand out. They're separated
from the rest of the poem, just as the narrator is separated
from his lover.
Form - The poem has a regular ABAB rhyme scheme, but two
lines in each stanza don't fully rhyme - this reflects the way that
all of nature is in harmony except for the narrator and his lover.
Language to do with God suggests that
love is not just natural, but it is also
Repeated words such as 'mingle', 'clasp', and 'kiss' emphasises that
physical relationship he wants.