Please analyse the following stanza from "Piano" by D. H. Lawrence.In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong To the old Sunday evenings...

Please analyse the following stanza from "Piano" by D. H. Lawrence.

In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song

Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong

To the old Sunday evenings at home, with winter outside

And hymns in the cosy parlour, the tinkling piano our guide.

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Let us remember that in the first stanza of this poignant poem, the sound of a woman singing sends the speaker off on a trip down memory lane, as he remembers playing at the foot of a piano as a little boy whilst his mother is singing and playing. The second stanza, which you have quoted above, states that the speaker realises he is being nostalgic, yet in spite of his efforts to remain in the present, the force of nostalgia in the form of the "insidious mastery of song" takes him back to the memories of Sunday evenings at home with the winter cold outside and the warmth of the fire and of family love in the inside as the family sit together and sing hymns.

It is interesting that this pleasant memory is one that the speaker fights against. He is now an adult, and he identifies that a massive gap exists between the innocence of his childhood and how he perceived life and the experience he has gained in his journey towards being an adult. He seems to recognise that such childhood memories are extremely romanticised and idealised, and therefore is somewhat suspicious and distrustful of them.

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