Help with poem? (by Gwyneth Lewis) Watch

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Can someone please help me understand the poem? I can't find anything significant about it, only the enjambments, but I don't know why they're used.. I must write an essay on it.

Gwyneth Lewis, "Annunciation"


When first he painted the Virgin the friar filled
the space around her with angels' bright wings,
scalloped and plated, with skies of gold,


heavy with matter. He thought that he knew
that heaven was everywhere. He grew
older, wiser and found that he drew


more homely rooms with pots and beds,
but lavished his art on soft furnishings
and the turn of the waiting angel's wings


(still gorgeous with colour and precious dust).
Much later, he sensed that his God had withdrawn,
was spacious. On smaller frescoes he painted less,


let wall be wall, but drew in each lawn

the finer detail of sorrel and weeds.
Still later, he found his devotion drawn


to nothing - shadows hinted at hidden rooms,
at improbable arches, while angel's news
shattered the Virgin, who became a view


As open as virtue, her collapsing planes
easy and vacant as the evening breeze
that had brought a plain angel to his grateful knees
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