It's short and deeply reflecting what happens when you love one who hurts you. A great short piece, some of you critics can't even come up with two meaningful line, you'll need to explain your poems like short stories. Get a life and appreciate good art.
After several readings and reflection upon
the original and two suggested alternatives
the poem does indeed have deeper meaning
a deeper resonance in the version suggested by Kevin Straw
interpret as you will feel free to disagree an interesting piece
from my understanding of this poem, the man is in pain for a lover that left him, now the lover is back and he's afraid she will leave again causing even greater pain. after all his patience, he is afraid of what he has waited for.
Kevin, there is no grammatical error. And I do not see any difference from the arrangement you have suggested. May be you want the rhyming scheme to go aabb. Mind you, he is expressing himself. Perhaps he meant it to be an inversion, nonetheless he wrote an interesting piece.
According to the voice of the poem, he asked the old flame, who had left him, a question that has she come to him to restart the relationship they once had, all over for him to go through that can worsen the pain she has given him, after breaking his heart, which he has endured? If so, it is better she should leave him alone to endure the pain. Simple for a reader to go through and understand.
This was written by a poet who died more than a hundred and twenty three years ago. What he has written is poetry (when the language is usually condensed) , not prose, he has explained himself, and this is enough for the reader (there has to be analysis while reading) to derive some meaning out of it to come up with his or her own conclusions.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, ......
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