The land was unsullied

Green grass to the horizon

Teeming with life


The land was sullied

Green grass no more

There is only death

Sorry for this extremely simple example, but I am wondering how you can do this if you only plainly describe something in a poem without using the I pronoun or any observer for that matter. Is there a way to do this?

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    You are using a third person omniscient point of view, like an imaginary god or angel describing a scene. It's a non-material observer, but still an observer. What more precisely are you looking for?
    – DWKraus
    May 29, 2021 at 3:35
  • It seems like your example is doing exactly what you're describing... what's the problem? May 29, 2021 at 20:54

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When you want to give the reader an indication that what is described is false, without explaining it, you could do this by bringing up an obvious false statement that shows the reader that the others must also be false statements.

A small example from a song:

She writes her mother a card home every week.

How are you?

I'm fine

I think of you every day.

The sun rises in the west.

Everyone knows that the last sentence is not true. And therefore one also knows (or at least believes) that the rest is not true either.

I hope this helps you.

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