22 November 2012

Poem SPM - He Had Such Quiet Eyes

He Had Such Quiet Eyes by Bibsy Soenharjo

He had such quiet eyes

She did not realise

They were two pools of lies

Layered with thinnest ice

To her, those wuiet eyes

Were breathing desolate sighs

Imploring her to be nice

And to render him paradise

If only she’d been wise

And had listened to the advice

Never to compromise

With pleasure-seeking guys


She’d be free from ‘the hows and whys’

Now here’s a bit of advice

Be sure that nice really nice

Then you’ll never be losing at dice

Though you lose your heart once or twice

SYNOPSIS

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.

THEME

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, ATMOSPHERE

Refelective
Sad and happy
Sympathetic
POINT OF VIEW

Second and third person points of view
LANGUAGE & 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

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