On this Day I complete my Thirty-Sixth Year by Lord Byron

This is a relatively short lyric and song poem, of ten stanzas of four lines each. Byron is the speaker and he refers to himself in the first person. In the second stanza, Byron uses imagery from nature as a metaphor for his age. In particular, he compares his days to “a yellow leaf” and writes that “the flowers and fruits of love are gone.” Yellow leaves are a sign of maturity but not full fledged old age. In the fall, after the fruits and flowers are gone, the leaves turn colors and fall off. Thus, in this poem, Byron conveys that, like the leaves, his age makes him mature and seasoned but not yet old and full of regret.

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