In the first line, the speaker begs her lover to remember her. "Remember me when I am gone away," she says, giving the reader no clear indication of exactly when or how she is going to die. In fact, she never directly states that she is dying, instead referring to a "silent land," which the reader assumes is a metaphor for death. This land doesn't seem to correlate to a specific place, and the word "silent" in this context precludes the possibility of the silent land being Heaven or Hell, which in their myriad, sometimes contradictory descriptions, have rarely been called "silent." Readers are left with no means of interpreting "silent land" as anything other than a cemetery, a grave, or death itself. The speaker further emphasizes her death in the line "When you can no more hold me by the hand." Her death will destroy the intimacy between them, breaking their physical connection and separating her spirit from her body. This distinction between the physical and the spiritual self is important. For the speaker to travel to that "silent land" without her body, she must have a soul or spiritual self that can transcend death. This spiritual self will not stop her from dying, however, nor will it prevent the two lovers from being separated. In the fourth line, the speaker suggests that death isn't the only thing working to part them. The words "half turn to go yet turning to stay" indicate that the speaker had doubts about the relationship and that when she tried to leave, her beloved stopped her.
In line five, the speaker repeats the first words of the poem: "Remember me." This time, she wants her beloved to remember her even when the "future that [he] plann'd" doesn't happen. From this line, we learn just how serious the lovers are; they have already planned a future together that probably includes marriage (if they aren't married already). There is some indication, however, that their relationship is...
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