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What lips my lips have kissed,

天那,我就要考英文系轉學考了,居然還看不懂這詩

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?

thx for any1 who answers!!!!

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    1. ghost代表她的回憶,雖想遺忘,卻始終魂縈夢繫的昔日戀情。

    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.

    有關這首十四行詩的解析節錄如下,請參考:http://www.skoool.ie/skoool/examcentre_sc.asp?id=1...

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