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匿名 發問於 社會及文化語言 · 1 十年前



Her messy hair fogged the mirror.

The darkness came closer

With poised steps

When the light had gone

Forever the tender truth

That the eyes despised

With mean stares

Which ran through the veins

Unwilling to refine,

She fogged up the glass

With devilish breath.

She kept the fact under the mist.

Nobody would ever see,

Or try realise the truth that lay behind,

Yet they believed in what they saw

As the truth was buried in silence once more.



Title: the uncovered lie

2 個解答

  • 1 十年前

    I believe the poet is suggesting that the woman, described in the poem, is trying to conceal the truth, but in vain. ("Yet they believed in what they saw/ As the truth was buried in silence once more" + the title "The Uncovered Lie")"

    What is the poet trying to tell and what kinds of feelings are expressed?

    (1) About the woman:

    We can see that the woman described is quite mysterious, and somehow devilish, diabolic. ("Her messy hair fogged the mirror" as if her hair's some kind of weapons, which generate a great deal of influence and power) ("She fogged up the glass/ With devilish breath." like a beast)

    Lines like "The darkness came closer/ With poised steps" help create an atmosphere in which the woman, or the whole event/ issue, is intimidating, causing unease.

    The line "She kept the fact under the mist." suggests this devil-like woman is the one concealing/ trying to cover the truth, the "fact", the reality.

    (2) About the truth:

    The truth is being intentionally hidden by the woman.

    ("Forever the tender truth/ That the eyes despised/ With mean stares/ Which ran through the veins/ Unwilling to refine" - the eyes despised: the woman's eyes probably-> the woman despises the tender truth; means stares: probably referring to the woman's eyes, whose image is undesirable;)

    No matter how hard the woman tries, it seems that truth is always there, left to be revealed. In the second stanza, the line "Which ran through the veins" may imply that the truth is always there, but it's just that it's running underneath through the veins, not discovered yet.

    The very last stanza and the title reassure that truth is there, and indeed, even though the woman tries to cover it, people, though cannot see, still believe in the tender truth ("Nobody would ever see/ Or try realise the truth that lay behind,/ Yet they believed in what they saw/ As the truth was buried in silence once more.")

    2010-03-06 16:08:22 補充:

    I'm not sure what level of analysis you need... are you doing it for senior literature or just junior level of poem appreciation?

    I can try to adjust the level of analysis to suit your need:)

  • 匿名
    1 十年前