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In this poem, Shelley is comparing the moon to an old woman.

In the first stanza, he describes the rising of the moon in the east.  He compares it to an old woman who is somewhat crazy and is near to death.  She gets out of bed, wrapped in pale...

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In this poem, Shelley is comparing the moon to an old woman.

In the first stanza, he describes the rising of the moon in the east.  He compares it to an old woman who is somewhat crazy and is near to death.  She gets out of bed, wrapped in pale clothes.  This is what the moon looks like to Shelley as it rises.

In the second stanza, he discusses the reasons why the moon is like this.  He wonders if the moon is tired of being the only constant thing in the sky while the stars move around unpredictably.

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