The cold within james patrick kinney

The Cold Within

by James Patrick Kinney

What does the poet mean by “Or so the story’s told”?

QuestionsWhat does the poet mean by “Or so the story’s told”?
Brar jashan asked 5 years ago

What does the line ‘Or so the story’s told’ indicate in James Patrick Kinney’s poem “The Cold Within”?

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 5 years ago

“Or so the story’s told” means the poet is unsure about the authenticity or accuracy of the incident he is narrating. It is a story which floats on the oral level and he has only heard it. Though the above quoted line follows the line “Each one possessed a stick of wood”, I think, it essentially is not concerned with that mere information of each person possessing a log. Rather on a general level, it indicates to the lack of authenticity of the story.

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