Matthew Arnold's use of the word "marges" in "To Marguerite -- Continued" ("O might our marges meet again!") reminded me of a lovely poem by Ivor Gurney. The poem shows Gurney in one of his more straightforward moods (in terms of syntax, at least).
Pebbles are beneath, but we stand softly
On them, as on sand, and watch the lacy edge
of the swift sea.
Which patterns and with glorious music the
Sands and round stones -- It talks ever
Of new patterns.
And by the cliff-edge, there, the oakwood throws
A shadow deeper to watch what new thing
Happens at the marge.
Ivor Gurney, Selected Poems (edited by George Walter) (J. M. Dent 1996).
"To watch what new thing/Happens at the marge" is perhaps a good way to think of how Gurney lived his life (by choice and by sad circumstance).
I have never quite understood what Gurney means by "the oakwood throws/A shadow deeper to watch what new thing/Happens at the marge." I am likely off the mark, but I sometimes think that lines 5 and 6 of the following poem may be obliquely helpful. There are sun-made shadows and there are moon-and-star-made shadows. And there are other kinds of shadows as well. Which sort Gurney means, I cannot say. To stand in those shadows (of whatever sort) and look out over (and into) the bright world can sometimes give one a sharper view. The world might even seem, say, pellucid.
But that is enough of that.
Only the wanderer
Knows England's graces,
Or can anew see clear
And who loves joy as he
That dwells in shadows?
Do not forget me quite,
O Severn meadows.