After reading the commentary by Mr. Macknight, I’ve noticed several noticeable aspects. Firstly, lots of terms that I’ve learnt but forgotten were seen ( 🙂 ), such as ‘iamb’, ‘pathetic fallacy’ and intonation. Because I paid less attention to the rhythmic qualities of the poems/sonnets and had slight problems with describing them until now, it was really new to me. Also, there were constant line references which I forgot to do in last commentary, and when listing specific words from different parts of the sonnet brackets were used instead of listing words in quotation marks.
However, I thought that further explanations about the imagery of natural process could have been done. For example, fading sun, waning moon and ebbing tide can be related to the persona’s claim that “I have known this always”: these images are symbol of natural decline, hence hinting that the persona knew the heartbreaking consequence of love’s end since the beginning. Furthermore, sun fades every day, moon wanes every month and tide ebbs every 12 hours. These processes are repetitive and continual, which tells the readers that persona would eventually love someone again, just like the cycle of nature.