The narrator of this poem, which is written in two quatrains, describes a corner of the farmyard in which tall nettles cover old farm implements and suggests that he likes it because it is a reminder of mutability (liability to change) and the transience of life.
The first stanza tells us that the
The words "cover up" mean the
The stanza also poses the paradox that truth can be revealed through illusion. The illusion here is that life is triumphant, as we know that the implements are lying under the
The "painting" assonance of the short -u- vowels in "cover", "done", "rusty" and "butt", together with the frequent pauses between the items in the list, convey an impression of exhaustion and reinforces the notion of something that is moribund or very near death.
In the second stanza, the narrator explains why he likes this corner of the farmyard most. He tells us that he likes the dust on the
He makes it clear that...