Just a few hours ago, I came across the idiom "through the prism of sth/sb" and looked up said phrase on the internet. I only managed to find one entry entitled "Through The Prism of The Prism?"on englishforums.com.
User "Blue Jay" responded to the OP's question with this:
- If you look at something through a prism, it will change how you see it. Here it is used figuratively, to indicate that her view or opinion of the past was affected by the circumstances, ideas, opinions etc. of the present. She viewed the past from the point of view of someone in the present.
Before I continue on, I should provide the original poster's sentence:
- "Could you please explain the meaning of the phrase in bold? [original sentence] She looked back at the past through the prism of the present. Thank you"
I still fail to understand this idiom's meaning. Would someone please elaborate on this idiomatic phrase?
Additionally, would someone explain what contexts it would be appropriate to use this phrase and which contexts is it not appropriate to use this phrase?