What lips my lips have kissed,
Edna St. Vincent Millay
What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply;
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.
Thus in the winter stands a lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet know its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone;
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.
1. what does the word "ghosts" in line 4 mean? Is is used literally? Or figuratively?
2. What does the phrase "lonely tree" in line 9 stand for? CAn you give the figure a more specific name? And what about "summer" (line 13)
3. What does the couplet mean to say? Notice the tense of the verb "sing" is changed from the past (line 13) to the present (line 14)- Does it bear on the theme of the poem?
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She compares the forgotten lovers to ghosts. The word ‘ghosts’ means memories.
It is a dramatic way of remembering. She reveals guilt for the pain she caused these ex-lovers. This part of the poem shows that Millay broke hearts. Perhaps she squandered [wasted] her opportunities for love.
2. lonely tree代表她自己，緬懷夏日樹梢鳴唱的鳥兒，舊時的戀人已遠去，徒留下寂寞黯然的樹影婆娑。
In lines nine, ten and eleven Millay compares herself to a lonely tree that misses the songbirds of summer. The songbirds represent her lovers.