He Had Such Quiet Eyes Bibsy Soenharjo He had such quiet eyes She did not realise They were two pools of lies Layered with thinnest ice To her, those were quiet eyes Were breathing desolate sighs Imploring her to be nice And to render him paradise If only she’d been wse 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 means nice Then you’ll never be losing at dice Though you may lose your heart at one or twice
THE POET Bibsy Soenharjo • An Indonesian peot, well-‐versed in Indonesian, English, French and Dutch • Her poems are characterized by rhymes , wit, verbal puns and alliteration • Her imagination draws the readers into the world of fantasy and surprises • Her sense of humor is engaging.
THE CONCEPT MAP OF THE POEM• The poem deals Language: free A place where a with the issue verse; flows man can charm of deception in gently and freely and seduce a • The Third as the poet society, lady Person narrates. especially in (Stanza 1&2) Ryhmes matters of the Personification • The Poet heart. Metaphor (Stanza 3) SETTNG • It is about a woman who has been deceived Language and Style PERSONA by man ‘with quiet eyes’. • Deception He Had • The love • The woman was THEMES OVERVIEW Such Quiet trap blinded by the man’s quiet eyes Eyes • Wisdom who actually wants to h ave pleasure with MESSAGES her only. TONE AND MOOD MORAL VALUES • Readers are advised not be • Learn from • Sadness and mistakes deceived easily regrets due to by outward • Do not be fooled by unwise actions. • Appearances appearances outward can be • Didactic: when appearances or ‘ deceptive the persona sweet talk’ gives advice in • Listen to advice stanza 3. •
He Had Such Quiet Eyes Bibsy Soenharjo STANZA 1 He had such quiet eyes She did not realise They were two pools of lies Layered with thinnest ice To her, those were quiet eyes Were breathing desolate sighs Imploring her to be nice And to render him paradise Meaning: • the first line describes a man as having ‘quiet eyes’ • the woman saw the man as a harmless human being. • To her, the man had good intentions towards her. • But the truth is that the man just wanted pleasure from the woman.
He Had Such Quiet Eyes Bibsy Soenharjo STANZA 2 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” Meaning: • The stanza expresses a wish. • Now the young woman realizes the awful truth. • The woman was not being wise and she was deceived by the man. • The poet notes that if the young woman had listened to the advice given, she would never give in, nor would she have so many questions and regrets afterwards.
He Had Such Quiet Eyes Bibsy Soenharjo STANZA 3 Now here’s a bit of advice Be sure that nice really means nice Then you’ll never be losing at dice Though you may lose your heart at one or twice Meaning: • The main idea of this stanza is advice for the readers. • Here the poet is didactic and advices the reader not to be deceived by appearances • A person’s true character is revealed over time. • Caution will benefit us especially when it involves feelings.
SETTING PLACE • No specific physical setting. • It can be a quiet place in town or city, where a man charms a lady into believing him and to fall in love with him. TIME • Probably a quiet evening. • Set in the present. SOCIAL SETTING • Middle-‐class, young working people.
PERSONA Two Personas: a) Stanza 1 & 2 : the persona is the third person ( the one who observes the folly of the young woman being seduced) b) Stanza 3 : the persona is the poet.
THEMES DECEPTION THE LOVE TRAP • From this poem, a young woman is • This is a twin theme which snares lured by the insincere charm and the unwary and the innocent. romantic pretences of a man. • Taken in by the charms of the • The young woman is deceived by a opposite sex, many people fall in man who deliberately sets out to love, only to be duped. woo her to satisfy his own bad intentions and not because of love. WISDOM • This theme is portrayed in the poem. • One can learn from one’s mistake and learn to discern right from wrong. • It is the beginning of maturity. • It is also wise to listen to good advice to prevent us from making too many mistakes in life.
MESSAGES LEARN FROM MISTAKES • We must be able to learn from our mistakes. • We should not give up and lose our heart if we make a mistake as it gives us the opportunity to be more experienced. APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEPTIVE • We must be careful about whom we trust and how much we can trust them. • We must be alert with someone’s outward appearances, personality or disposition as they can be very deceiving. • We cannot simply believe a person at face value, as this means that we are gullible and thus easily deceived.
MORAL VALUES DO NOT BE FOOLED BY APPEARANCE O SWEET TALK • We must be careful about whom we trust and how much we can trust them. • We must be alert with someone’s outward appearances, personality or disposition as they can be very deceiving. • We cannot simply believe a person at face value, as this means that we are gullible and thus easily deceived. LISTEN TO ADVICE • A wise person will always listen to advice given. • Seeking counsel and advice helps a person to make the best decision or choice. • A good advice will save from doing unwise actions and time. • Appreciate that people have good intentions when they give advice.
TONE AND MOOD SADNESS AND REGRET *This is based on Stanza 2. *The persona sounds sad and regret due to the unwise taken by the woman. *The woman in the poem also sounds sad and regretful of what had happened to her. DIDACTIC *This is based on Stanza 3. *The persona sets a didactic tone when she gives advice to the woman and to the readers *the tone is also gentle throughout the poem.
LANGUAGE AND STYLE Personification Language • The man’s eyes become alive as they ‘ were breathing desolate sighs’ , like a human • Free verse and speaks in a conversational being. style. • The sad and pleading look the man gave • The lines flow gently and freely as the poet the victim tugs at her heart and she gives in narrates the poem. to him. Metaphor • The poet describes the man’s eyes as “two pools of lies”. We can almost visualize the man’s eyes as two inviting clear pools of water, charming the young woman into believing everything that he says. • “layered with thinnest ice” indicates that the man hid his true intentions well that the woman was totally deceived. In real life, when the ice breaks , it may cause a lot of damage to the victim. • “ losing at dice” refers to the gambles a person takes when making a decisions. The poet compares making wrong or harmful choices in life to throwing the dice in a board game. Alliteration Rhyme • The sound ‘s’ is repeated throughout the • The last word in every line of the poem poem. ends with the pronunciation ‘a I z’ or ‘a I s’, This could imply that the man in the poem is for example, lines 1-‐2 ( eyes/realize); and • lines 14-‐15 ( advice/nice) like hissing snake: dangerous, sneaky and cunning.