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    "Tis"

    Dear teacher,
    I would like to know the meaning of the word "tis". We find this word in a poem which is written below:

    One ship drives east, another drives west,
    While the self-same breeze blow;
    'Tis the set of the sail, and not the gale
    That bids them where to go.
    Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate,
    As we journey along through life;
    'Tis the set of the Soul that decides the goal,
    And not the calm or the stife.

    What exactly is meant by this word 'Tis?
    Also, what does the whole sentence: 'tis the set of the sail, and not the gale" mean?

    Thank you for answering

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    Re: "Tis"

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilles L View Post
    Dear teacher,
    I would like to know the meaning of the word "tis". We find this word in a poem which is written below:

    One ship drives east, another drives west,
    While the self-same breeze blow;
    'Tis the set of the sail, and not the gale
    That bids them where to go.
    Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate,
    As we journey along through life;
    'Tis the set of the Soul that decides the goal,
    And not the calm or the stife.

    What exactly is meant by this word 'Tis?
    Also, what does the whole sentence: 'tis the set of the sail, and not the gale" mean?

    Thank you for answering
    It's an old contraction of "it is", it means exactly the same as "it's".

    'tis the set of the sail, and not the gale" This means that the way the sail is set, relative to the direction of the wind, determines the direction in which the boat goes and not the wind direction.

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    Re: "Tis"

    that's absolutely right and "tis" is mainly used in poetry

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