Generally speaking, I think that the poet "Netural TOnes" describes a seperation between a couple.
The whole poet presents a picture which is a little bit sad, dreary, but the way of the speaker's speaking
also makes me think that the speaker does not care the love that he had ever had very much, I mean that
the speaker seems to cover from that.
We stood by a pond that winter day,
And the sun was white, as though chidden of God,
The speaker describes that where and when do they seperate. Although it is in cold winter, but the speaker
says "the sun was white" so we can see the weather is good, because the sun of winter is warm, but they
make a seperation in such a wonderful day, so the speaker say "as though chidden of God"
And a few leaves lay on the starving sod,
-----they had fallen from an ash, and were gray.
I think that the ash means the speaker and his lover, and it grows in the starving sod, which means their
starving love, so come an end that the gray leaves fall.
Your eyes on me were as eyes that rove
Over tedious riddles solved years ago;
When love disapeaer, everything has changed. At first, they may live a happy life when they fall in love with
each other, but finally the speaker is looked as "tedious riddles solved years ago", I think that means their
love does not contain of excitement, fresfness, happinesnno longer.
And some words played between us to and fro----
On which lost the more by our love.
I think that the two lines mean that what the speaker and his lover say are just routine, because they just
used to saying thouse words that they have to say.
I do not think that I know the third stanza very well, byt I guess it may mean that the speaker's defense
is easy to defeat by his lover. The fourth stanza, the finally the speaker get agood lesson, he comes to
know that love is not as wonderful as his imagination. Love also lead to many bad things, so at last two lines:
Yourface, and the God-curst sun, and a tree
And a pond edged with grayish leaves.
I think that maybe it means that everything changes, everything is not perfect no longer,because of being
coverd with grayish leaves. I also think that maybe the leaves present thy happy memories they shared, but
after knowing the truth of love, they turn to gray, and fall.