The poem starts as a straightforward evocation of his childhood visits to his Aunt Annie’s farm:
In the middle section, the idyllic scene is expanded upon, reinforced by the lilting rhythm of the poem, the dreamlike,pastoralmetaphors and allusion toEden.
By the end, the poet’s older voice has taken over, mourning his lost youth with echoes of the opening:
The poem usesinternalhalf rhymeandfull rhymeas well asend rhyme. Thomas was very conscious of the effect of spoken or intoned verse and explored the potentialities of sound and rhythm, in a manner reminiscent ofGerard Manley Hopkins. He always denied having conscious knowledge ofWelsh, but “his lines chime with internal consonantal correspondence..”
..he was brought low,
Burning in the bride bed of love, in the whirl-
Pool at the wanting centre, in the folds
Of paradise, in the spun bud of the world.
And she rose with him flowering in her melting snow