Written in 1918 by D.H. Lawrence, the poem "Piano" uses first person point of view with the poet as the narrator. The poem has three quatrains with a set rhyme scheme of aabb in all of the stanzas.
Nostalgia reigns. A smell, a noise, a word, a song, a poem---any of these sensory experiences can draw a person back to another time or place when something special happened in his life. This is the essence of this poem.
A woman is singing a beautiful song to the poet. It swallows him up in a memory of times of yore: The man now a child sits under the piano listening to his mother playing and singing. As she entertains, he presses her feet which makes his mother smile.
The poet does not want to revisit this time; however, he unable to stop the memories.
In spite of myself, the insidious mastery of song
Betrays me back, till the heart of me weeps to belong
He begins to weep for the time when he sat at the feet of his mother. His memory goes further; he yearns for the Sunday, wintry evenings, singing hymns led by the sound of the piano.
Back in the present, the woman's singing has changed from sweet music to just noise. He know longer wants to hear the music of the present. His memories entice him back to his youth. Despite being a grown man, he weeps for the child lost the past.
Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast
Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.
What a beautiful poem used to remind the reader that even a grown man can hunger for his formative years where the world is not so much with him. Weeping, the man covets the life of the child of a bygone time.