What is an analysis of the poem "When We Two Parted" by Lord George Gordon Byron, according to stanza?

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There are four eight-line stanzas in the poem "When We Two Parted" by Lord George Gordon Byron. The rhyme scheme for each is ABABCDCD. The poem is written in the second-person point of view, and the narrator is lonely and lamenting the loss of his secret lover, who ended the relationship. He is speaking directly to this lover throughout the poem. 

In the first stanza, the narrator describes how he felt like he was dying when they ended their relationship through the use of death imagery, "Pale grew thy cheek, and cold, colder thy kiss," (lines 4-5). 

The second stanza describes how the cold morning air foretold the sorrow he would feel as time went on without his lover. He ends it by describing how he feels secret "shame" when he hears other speak about this person he misses. 

In the third stanza, the narrator is questioning what it is about this person that makes it so hard to move on. All he knows is that he may never recover from this heartache. It also seems that he is not far removed from this person, since he keeps hearing others mention her. In lines 23-24, he says, "Long, long shall I rue thee, Too deeply  to tell."

In the final and fourth stanza, the narrator repeats that they met and parted in secret, and now his grief is also secret. All he can do is silently cry. He adds that if he were to see her, he would "greet" her with "silence and tears."