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
- 赤羽準人Lv 51 十年前最愛解答
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