Something else is alive
The brevity of this line reinforces the loneliness of the speaker. Besides this idea, the speaker sits in front of a blank page with a clock reinforcing the passing of time. In spite of this sense of solitude, the speaker realizes that there is something else beyond his realm in the "midnight moment's forest." The line carries a sense of expectation and touches on on ominous sense of what is to come due to the dark, lonely setting.
Beside the clock's loneliness
The personification used here to describe the clock is a projection of the speaker's loneliness. As the seconds and minutes continue to tick by, they are a constant reminder of the blank page before him and of his inability to move forward.
Cold, delicately as the dark snow
A fox's nose touches twig, leaf;
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