What is the poem "Low Tide on Grand Pre" talking about?

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The poem "Low Tide on Grand Pre" by Bliss Carman is about the poet remembering someone very special to him. The poet is reflecting on beautiful times shared with this person in a beautiful natural setting. The person's name or gender is not specified in the poem. However, it is somewhat alluded to that it is a woman, from this line:

Then all your face grew light, and seemed

To hold the shadow of the sun;

It seems the poet is talking to someone he loves, but this is not exactly certain and the decision is left up to the reader of the poem.

It is obvious that the poet misses the person he is talking about. He indicates that this person is so far from home and this specific region. This is evident in this line:

Why one beloved face should be

So long from home and Acadie

The poet talks about enjoying the grass, the meadow stream, summer, and more natural beauty with this beloved person and he misses their time together in a peaceful and unadulterated environment, where they shared good times. The poet is now experiencing intense emotions as he sees a void in his life since the person left, or died.

Then all your face grew light, and seemed

To hold the shadow of the sun;

- See more at: http://www.poetryinvoice.com/poems/low-tide-grand-pre#sthash.YVQugo1e.dpuf

Then all your face grew light, and seemed

To hold the shadow of the sun;

- See more at: http://www.poetryinvoice.com/poems/low-tide-grand-pre#sthash.YVQugo1e.dpuf

Then all your face grew light, and seemed

To hold the shadow of the sun;

- See more at: http://www.poetryinvoice.com/poems/low-tide-grand-pre#sthash.YVQugo1e.dpuf

Then all your face grew light, and seemed

To hold the shadow of the sun;

- See more at: http://www.poetryinvoice.com/poems/low-tide-grand-pre#sthash.YVQugo1e.dpuf
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