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So We'll Go No More a Roving

So We'll Go No More a Roving


by George Gordon, Lord Byron

Stanza 3 Summary

Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.

Lines 9-12

Though the night was made for loving,
  And the day returns too soon,
Yet we'll go no more a roving
  By the light of the moon.

  • Well, this is sort of an anti-carpe diem moment for you. The day returns too soon, and the night is meant for loving, so why not seize the day and go roving, right?
  • Right, but wrong. The speaker has decided that he (or they) will not rove any longer, for reasons he's already explained, and even though the night is perfect for it.
  • The reference to "loving," which we've had before (8), makes us think of sex just a little bit. It's Byron. He loved sex. Maybe's he finally going to give up his lecherous ways and chill out.
  • He might also just mean he's going to give up going out and getting crazy (things he loves) with all the friends he loves. The 29-year-old frat boy in him no longer wants to be a frat guy.
    He's going from this guy to one of these guys.

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