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This poem has a literal side and mythical side to it meaning The literal side would just be that it is about two sisters with different aspects The mythical side could be referring to the two sides of Persephone to show the connections between shade and light In the first stanza it introduces the two sisters different as dark and light One sister is very happy while the other is awfully depressed In the second third and last stanza it talks about the aspects of the sister of the shade side This sister is a logical mathematical and thinker sort of person She spends her time dark shadowy room on her mechanical machine As she is working on the mechanical machine she is marking her time I interpreted the lines At this barren enterprise Rat-shrewd go to her squint eyes Root-pale her meager frame as the writer saying that as she is doing her boring job she never goes outside into the world she become white-skinned She also becomes skinny because the lack of food that she gets inside her room This sister goes to her grave having bitter life and as a virgin as said in line 26 and 27 Worm-husbanded yet no woman to me means that she was having some problem with her sex life In the fourth fifth and sixth stanza it talks about the aspect of the sister of the light side In this few stanzas the speaker is pictured in a very happier place This other sister is a vibrant nature-connected woman whose surroundings clearly show that she has a happy life Bronzed as earth the second lies Hearing ticks blown gold Like pollen on bright air to me I interpreted as the writer saying that she is always out with nature that she become bright tan She is so close to nature that hears the ticks sucking on the pollen As she is lying next to some poppies
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