Critically explain the  last stanza of "When We Two Parted" by Byron.Critically explain the  last  stanza.

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The last stanza uses a rhyme scheme ababcdcd as do all the stanzas in the poem. It is a very simple pattern and rhythm and this fits with the theme which is simply someone suffering from a broken heart. The speaker thinks he will be as broken-hearted many years later and supposes how he would react if he met his significant other. In the first four lines, he describes the time they parted (broke up). It was done in secret (they were alone). He grieved the fact that she no longer had feelings for him, that her “heart could forget” or that her spirit could deceive her into no longer loving him. In the final four lines, he believes if the two ever meet again, he will react the same way with “silence and tears.”  

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