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Posted by light on May 13, 1999 at 09:47:23:
In Reply to: I Have Fallen In Love posted by Claire_X_ on October 28, 1998 at 00:31:54:
: Hi...I'm Claire, and I'm new here.
: I've read Hardy's poem "Neutral Tones"; his seeming 'despisement' of love has made me fall in love with him.
: The way the couple in the poem (or at least the speaker) think of love seems uncanny when I realize how I see love. :)
: Anyways....I've got ONE PROBLEM...
: The third stanza confuses me. I understand its literal meaning, that the woman's smile has faded, and replaced by a fake grin, but what is the imagry about??
: What is the "ominous bird a-wing"?
: The smile on your mouth was the deadest thing,
: Alive enough to have strength to die
: And a grin of bitterness swept thereby,
: Like an ominous bird a-wing.
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