This line paints a picture in my head about a dark night when sleep just doesn't come to you and you're laying awake looking around the room at the darkness. Then in the next line he says "A gentle face-the face of one long dead” He’s remembering someone he loved dearly who passed away. He then goes on to tell us how she died. He says " Never through martyrdom of fire was lead” The imagery he uses in this line tells us that she was a good woman, pure, who suffered a painful and gruesome death; she wasn't supposed to die in such a painful and cruel way.
He also uses Romanticism in the poem for example in the line “To its response; nor can in books be read/The legend of a life more benedight.” The Romanticism beliefs that apply to this poem are “feeling over reason” , and “ Nature over civilization” . When he say’s “nor can books be read” He is saying that books can't create feelings because words don't compare to actually living something tragic. When you read you do feel emotions but it’s nothing compared
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