### "When I was one-and-twenty"

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
Give crowns and pounds and guineas
Give pearls away and rubies
But I was one-and-twenty
No use to talk to me.

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard him say again,
The heart out of the bosom
Was never given in vain;
'Tis paid with sighs a plenty
And sold for endless rue.'
And I am two-and-twenty
And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true.

This poem was written by A.E. Housman.
It’s split into 2 long stanzas, both of eight lines which are of regular length and aren’t aligned. Each line begins with a capital letter and there is a regular punctuation. There isn’t a rhyme scheme and there is a repetition “one-and-twenty”.

In this poem, the poet says when he was twenty one years old, a wise man gave him some advise, he told him to spend his money but not to give his heart away, to present jewelry but never shut his fantasy.

“Give crowns and pounds and guineas // But not your heart away;// Give pearls away and rubies // But keep your fancy free.'(lines 3, 4, 5, 6).But he was only a boy and he couldn’t understand the real meaning of these words.

The same wise man told him another thing, he explained the sense of love. The heart out of the bosom // Was never given in vain; // 'This paid with sighs a plenty // And sold for endless rue.' (lines 12, 13, 14, 15). Now he’s twenty two and he can understand what the wise man had said.

I think this poem is very nice and I really like the speech of the wise man, especially in lines 12 and 13, I think they are really true and romantic.

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