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    "you're the temple of my eyes" what's the meaning of this idiom? please help.

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    I think I´ve heard you´re the apple of my eyes, meaning that the person is loved, admired,the pride of someone...but I´m not so sure about it...so let´s wait for other replies..

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    I don't think it's an idiom -- at least, not one that is used very much. It does, however, appear in poetry.

    Forugh Farrokhzad, born in Teheran in 1935, wrote a poem called "Another Birth", in which the following lines appear:

    My lips your kisses prize
    Your lips are the temple of my eyes.

    This was translated from the original Persian; it may well be an idiom in Persian, but I couldn't say. The poem, incidentally, is available on this page.

    In context, it would seem that the phrase "temple of my eyes" indicates something the eyes want to worship, i.e. something that is beautiful to look at.

    The phrase also appears in the English translation of a poem called You Are Peace by Friedrich Rückert:

    The temple of my eyes
    Is illumined
    Only by your radiance,
    Oh fill it completely!

    The phrase actually translates the German "Augenzelt", which means literally "eye-tent". That could be a specific tent -- the tabernacle, the tent which housed the Ark of the Covenant, the most holy object the ancient Israelites had, before the temple was built -- a kind of temporary temple, in other words. The usual English translation is probably misleading, and it probably refers to the eyes themselves. It's worth noting that Rückert is not regarded as a good poet, and sometimes chose strange words because he had to make his poems rhyme.

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    Default Re: idiom meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by qtran207
    "you're the temple of my eyes" what's the meaning of this idiom? please help.
    thanks

    In my opinion this is not an idiom .It is a figure of speech , a metaphor whose meaning is very well explained by rewboss.



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