There is admiration and sincerity in the speaker’s tone when he thinks of his lost brother; the little memories of him bring some comfort in the cold world he now lives in. “His unshaven face is whitened / like the face of the moon” (6-7), illustrates that the speaker is sad and lonely, missing the one thing in his life that made him whole. It allows the reader to get a sense for the melancholy tone of the poem. He thinks about it often; he still remembers the way the moon always looked on his brother’s face. The speaker is proud of his brother, and describes the hard working hands and stained clothes he wore. As the poem goes on, the speaker goes from feeling love towards his lost brother to resentment, for it was the city’s fault that his brother is no longer here. He gets very angry and declares that he would give everything back, wanting to condemn the city and the year for taking what was not theirs to take. His tone then turns sad again, and he begs to see the light on his brother’s face, one more time. That specific memory draws the reader’s attention to the symbolism used throughout this work.
The symbols in this poem are used to describe and illustrate the memories the speaker has of his brother in their youth. For instance, the moon: the speaker remembers seeing his brother’s face washed in the moonlight, and at the end of the poem he wants to give everything back, just to see that again. The fact