Instead of writing a long description, I would rather share with you a little poem, written in 1848 by Jacob Polonsky ( in English translation, the original below- in Russian)
The poem that inspired Rachmaninoff later on to use the lyrics for one of his most enigmatic songs.
The poem that in a few words captures both the spirit of the times and somber, brooding mood of Chopin late period works, like this Ballade....
"When Yesterday We Met."
Chopin Ballade No.4 Valentina Lisitsa Шопен Баллада Оp.52