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 3 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 3 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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