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    Mirror

    "Mirror"
    I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
    Whatever I see I swallow immediately.
    Just as it is, umisted by love or dislike.
    I am not cruel, only truthful --
    The eye of a little god, four-cornered
    Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
    It is pink, with speckles. I have looked as it so long
    I think it is a part of my heart. But it flickers.
    Faces and darkness separate us over and over.


    Could anyone paraphrase the highlighted line?


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    Re: Mirror

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    "Mirror"
    I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
    Whatever I see I swallow immediately.
    Just as it is, umisted by love or dislike.
    I am not cruel, only truthful --
    The eye of a little god, four-cornered
    Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
    It is pink, with speckles. I have looked as it so long
    I think it is a part of my heart. But it flickers.
    Faces and darkness separate us over and over.


    Could anyone paraphrase the highlighted line?
    ?lines/sentences

    (1) A [square/oblong/rectangular] eye that is fixed in place, looking at the pink wall opposite.
    (2/3) I have studied for so long that it seems like a part of me.
    (4/5) People's faces and the night's darkness come between me and the wall.

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    Re: Mirror

    Mirror

    (I am) The eye of a little god (because I reflect some truth), (and I am )four-cornered (The mirror could be square or retangular.)
    Most of the time I meditate on (=reflect) the opposite wall.
    It (=the opposite wall) is pink, with speckles (spots). I have looked as (at) it so long
    I think it is a part of my heart. But it flickers (because there are sometimes)
    Faces (of people) and darkness(of nights) separate us over and over.




    I remember I read this poem sometime somewhere, and I didn't quite understand some parts of it. After Anglica's interpretation, it's crytal clear.

    For the love of this poem, I enjoy paraphrasing parts of this poem that you have trouble understanding.

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