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Lift Not The Painted Veil Which Those Who Live Analysis

Author: poem of Percy Bysshe Shelley Type: poem Views: 21

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Lift not the painted veil which those who live

Call Life: though unreal shapes be pictured there,

And it but mimic all we would believe

With colours idly spread,--behind, lurk Fear

And Hope, twin Destinies; who ever weave

Their shadows, o'er the chasm, sightless and drear.

I knew one who had lifted it--he sought,

For his lost heart was tender, things to love,

But found them not, alas! nor was there aught

The world contains, the which he could approve.

Through the unheeding many he did move,

A splendour among shadows, a bright blot

Upon this gloomy scene, a Spirit that strove

For truth, and like the Preacher found it not.              


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| Posted on 2017-07-27 | by a guest

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Although at first we receive a warning of somewhat dire consequences should we lift the veil, there is hope. There may be other veil-lifters, shining brightly.

| Posted on 2016-11-10 | by a guest

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Students of English 1301--Please make your own analysis of the poem and do not rely on other peoples opinions--because they can be incorrect and as one other posts states: "Noobs"

| Posted on 2015-03-15 | by a guest

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In this poem, Life is compared to a veil. The reader is told not to lift the veil which is what is recognized as reality by those who live. In the poem, it is made clear that life is something that has been developed and defined by humans who have made it what they believed is what it should be. Behind the expectations and societies that have been established are Hope and Fear for those who choose to go beyond what has been labeled as life. The gap between the normal behavior and societies for humans to the place where one finds truth and variety is both grim and blinding for those who try to cross it. They are blinded and lost in the search for authenticity and change. Shelley spoke about someone who chose to defy the rules and the expectations designed for him in search of something different, something that he could honestly appreciate and love. However, he was disappointed. He found nothing good that he had hoped for in humans or in the world. Just as a Priest or a Preacher are constantly disappointed in their search for good and truth in the world, he was disillusioned and let down in his search for something honest and different.

| Posted on 2014-04-06 | by a guest

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I'm no expert, but from what I know, Shelley was an atheist and even more, a British romantic poet, now Romanticism is known to be a movement that wanted to reflect reality, truth. People were more and more concerned about knowledge, and religion little by little, lost some of its greatness for some people.
Since Shelley was an atheist, he didn't believe in life after death, and therefore warn the reader that you shouldn't lift the veil because there is nothing else behind it but Death, emptiness, nothingness. Whatever the Painted Veil is for the reader ( and it can be several things, as mentioned above, it can be Reality, Religion, ...the reader's own perception of Life is the Painted veil, when you lift your perception of Life, when you lift what people " who live call life" then all you are left with is Death. Behind the Veil, behind Life, there is Fear and Hope, and when you spend your life in only fear, or only hope, then you're not living. you're just spectator of your life and fate, but nothing happens and you already are in the shadow of Death.
And my interpretation about the Preacher is that, it's a pike thrown at the Religion. Meaning that event he preacher who had devoted his own life in order to find the truth in the after life, find it not. because for Shelley, there is no after life and therefore, no Truth to be found in it.

| Posted on 2013-12-15 | by a guest

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He is talking about what happens when we accept the surface of an issue which to me seems like religion. Hence the mimic aspect of it. He feels as tho relion is just that...mimicry. When we finally decide to question the system of mimicking it\'s almost like pulling a trigger...not knowing whether it will shoot and kill or not. Basically if you do that society will look to you as if you are less of a person. Less alive.The lesson is if you live life believing what society tells you then you are just creating fear which will then lead to drear & you\'ll give in without finding love.

| Posted on 2012-11-29 | by a guest

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He speaks of Truth. Truth can be sought, but not found. As with the preacher who lifted the veil to find basis for his faith, some of us try to strive for the greater truth of the universe, beyond our misconceptions of it. Truth, in its purest form, can neither be found or understood by the primitive mind of man. Seek truth, but do not lose yourself in the quest for it.

| Posted on 2012-11-26 | by a guest

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The painted veil is like the shadows on Plato\'s cave wall - illusion of reality - and he speaks of someone who lifted it, looked at reality, faced his fears, battled or did whatever with hope. This shining example was quite alone, for everybody else is happy with looking at the painted veil, who wants to face fears and hassle hope?! And truth is unattainable, for the philosopher/realist/unveiled person as well as for any (!) religion.
\'Lift not\' I understand asa kind of sarcastical warning, for when you do you are quite alone and you will not find truth (in other people).
Or something like that. But of course whatever it means to you is true :-).

| Posted on 2011-08-20 | by a guest

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Alright, fellows, what DOES Shelley mean by the painted veil? He says that people CALL it life, which suggests that it IS not life in fact. And he adds \"though unreal shapes are painted there.\" which suggests that he is talking about the (unreal) conventional or ideological representation of life which we acquire as we grow up, and which we hold in common until the day we decide to challenge it. If we try to look beyond that veil, to discover the world as it really is, we find Fear, but also Hope. In other words, it takes courage to lift the veil and look beyond it. Actually, these lines are from Shelley\'s play \"Prometheus Unbound\" - in which Prometheus is shown overcoming the authority of Zeus and undertaking a revolutionary task. Ideology is a veil, but every revolution spreads its own ideological veil. I can\'t remember which character of the play warns against lifting the veil, but Prometheus certain did just that! Keep digging!

| Posted on 2011-02-24 | by a guest

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this poem does have symbols for suicide in it, but it also is called \"Lift NOT the painted veil\" veil refering to life, this poem is refering to the uncertainty of death and there may be joys and sorrows involved with it, but we dont know, but it does say for certain that suicide is something man is not entitled to

| Posted on 2011-02-23 | by a guest

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He\'s warning about the dangers of over-examination. Don\'t go too far beyond surfaces and appearances (the painted veil) because underneath it there\'s just darkness and two destinies which are illusions and products of your mind- Hope and Fear. He says he knew someone who wanted to find something to love, he admired him, but he didn\'t find anything, and neither does a religious person....

| Posted on 2010-10-26 | by a guest

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you stupid noobs, its about how master cheif from halo defeats the covenant/veil, and sees past the stars and realizes that he is a preacher preaching the word of the holy machine gun. he then pulls out a gun and shoots some guy and marines get dropped in from drop pods and they shoot some guys and they drive away in a truck that shoots guns that shoot at a gun robot thats made of guns that shoot!!!

| Posted on 2010-09-20 | by a guest

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i think this poem is about trying to make meaning out of this thing we call life and the comfort on the belief of religion. i think the poem is sad and depressing. when faced with our mortality we start to think about what we have done in this life, we want to know we meant something - we fear we haven\'t, we hope we have. perhaps shelley is suggesting that we shouldn\'t try to question so much as we may end up disappointed. nothing is confirmed - death either brings us eternal life or nothingness.

| Posted on 2010-08-05 | by a guest

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It's about suicide. People don't get that, but it's right in the first line. If those who live (us) call a painted veil Life, to "lift" this veil would be to die. There is "Fear and Hope" in death because it could be worse, or it could be better than life; we don't know, but it is our "Destiny". We also know it's about suicide because he speaks of the man who lifted the veil in the past tense; we don't talk about someone who is alive in the past tense.

| Posted on 2009-11-25 | by a guest

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The Preacher is a reference to the Bible.
"The comparison to the Preacher at the last is apt. It is a reference to the Book of
Ecclesiastes of the Old Testament. The Preacher was an elderly king (perhaps Solomon)
who had amassed great wealth and felt great joy, and, soon, he would die. As with the
one who had lifted the painted veil, he strove for meaning and truth as the darkness
loomed. He hunted for some kind of significance in his accomplishments as he faced death.
"Vanities of vanities," the Preacher reflected, "all is vanity." The conclusion reached
by the Preacher was to trust in God and His ineffable plan, to be righteous, to follow
the commandments, and die when death comes: "Fear God and keep his commandments: for this
is the whole duty of man."

| Posted on 2009-03-27 | by a guest

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He is talking about the "veil" or face that people put on for public to see."mimic all we would believe
With colours idly spread" But inside, he is different person.
Th veil covers "fear and Hope, twin destinies", people are afraid of showing thei fear and hope.
who the preacher is, what he found it not, i dont know.

| Posted on 2009-03-11 | by a guest

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