Wednesday, 4 January 2012

He Had Such Quiet Eyes - Analysis of the Poem


This poem is about a lady who falls in love with the wrong man. She is fascinated with his eyes that seem to lure him to give him paradise. The man has a pair of quiet eyes that she does not realise they are not that quiet. As she is ‘charmed’ by the eyes, she does not listen to the advice given by other people who are concerned with her behaviour. In the end, she realises her mistakes and is broken hearted.


Betrayal of love
Personal experiences
Relationships that are meaningful

Moral Values 

Don’t be naive and believe everything we are told especially in matters of the heart.
Be wise when choosing friends.
Falling in love is normal but one should be careful.
We must learn from the experience of other people.
We should be very careful not to give in our principle in order to please other people.

Tone, Mood and Atmosphere 

Sad and happy

Point of View 

Second and third person points of view

Language and Style 

Simple and easy to understand
Simple style with rhyming scheme

Meaning of Words 

sighs – long, deep audible breaths
eyes – a pair of organs of sight
advice – guidance
desolate – unhappy and uninhabited
pleasure-seeking – looking for a feeling of happy satisfaction
dice – a small cube with each side having a different number ranging from 1 to 6
layered – arranged in layers
lies – intentional false statements
realise – become aware
compromise – agree
paradise – heaven
render – provide or give help
imploring – begging desperately
wise – having knowledge and good judgement

Credit: Zahuren

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