Themes in The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter
This poem takes the form of a letter from a lonely wife to her husband who has been away for work for five months. The poem is concerned with love between a husband and wife that is complicated by the distance that now separates them. This distance causes the narrator feel isolated and lonely as she awaits her husband’s return. The narrator muses on her childhood days and the wedding to her husband to reveal themes of memory and recollection.