關於一首英詩Pathedy of Manners

Pathedy of Manners by: Ellen Kay At twenty she was brilliant and adored, Phi Beta Kappa, sought for every dance; Captured symbolic logic and the glance Of men whose interest was their sole reward. She learned the cultured jargon of those bred To antique crystal and authentic pearls, Scorned Wagner,... show more Pathedy of Manners
by: Ellen Kay


At twenty she was brilliant and adored,
Phi Beta Kappa, sought for every dance;
Captured symbolic logic and the glance
Of men whose interest was their sole reward.

She learned the cultured jargon of those bred
To antique crystal and authentic pearls,
Scorned Wagner, praised the Degas dancing girls,
And when she might have thought, conversed instead.

She hung up her diploma, went abroad,
Saw catalogues of domes and tapestry,
Rejected an impoverished marquis,
And learned to tell real Wedgwood from a fraud.

Back home her breeding led her to espouse
A bright young man whose pearl cufflinks were real.
They had an ideal marriage, and ideal
But lonely children in an ideal house.

I saw her yesterday at forty-three,
Her children gone, her husband one year dead,
Toying with plots to kill time and re-wed
Illusions of lost opportunity.

But afraid to wonder what she might have known
With all that wealth and mind had offered her,
She shuns conviction, choosing to infer
Tenets of every mind except her own.

A hundred people call, though not one friend,
To parry a hundred doubts with nimble talk.
Her meanings lost in manners, she will walk
Alone in brilliant circles to the end.


我想請問有關這首英詩的簡單賞析和說明
因為實在是自己研讀了半天還是只摸出一兩成,

另外如果可以也請順便回答這兩個小問題
1)標題的pathedy是什麼意思?
2)第一段第二行的"Phi Beta Kappa"是什麼?

感激!!
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