When I Was One-and-Twenty (Symbols ("Give crowns and Pounds"-…
When I Was One-and-Twenty
Possibly author A.E. Housman
"the heart out of the bosom"
"pearls away and rubies"
Older people thinking about the "good old days"
Anyone who is willing to listen and wants to hear the poem
When he was 21 he heard someone say to him go ahead and give away all these superficial items such as money, and jewelry, and other jewels but protect your heart don't give your heart away
Don't give your heart away in vain, be careful, protect your heart
When you do give your heart away it won't be in"vain", no cruel way about it. You will be in love and will want to give it away
"'tis true, 'tis true"
"Give crowns and pounds"
"when I was one-and-twenty"
Repeating the phrase "when I was twenty-and-one" it reiterates the purpose and the age by saying when I was young when I was your age.... that these things the old man is saying he is giving advice to the young kid.
"Give crowns and Pounds"- money
Basically the speaker is saying go ahead and give away money and jewelry and superficial items but don't sell your soul; your heart.
Keep your fancy free
" But not your heart away"- don't give away your heart to someone who isn't worthy; don't give your heart or your soul away
"But not your heart away"- soul; love