Eastern Poetry

Out of the Islamic and Chinese poems I chose “A Song of Ch’ang-Kan” by Li Po, and “#63” by Omar Khayyam. Both of these poems use consonance and repetition. In line 1 of Po’s poem, consonance was used when Po wrote “my hair had hardly covered my forehead”, and later in Line 6 when the author writes “young and happy-hearted”. Consonance is used in Khayyam’s poem when he writes “threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise”. Repetition is used in Po’s poem when Po wrote “Your footprints … were hidden, every one of them, under green moss, Hidden under moss”, when she recalls her husband’s leaving to go trade (Line 19-21). In Khayyam’s poem in line 2-3 repetition is used when Khayyam writes “One thing at least is certain … One thing is certain”, when talking about life.
“A Song of Ch’ang-Kan” by Li Po much is revealed about the Chinese culture. It reveals that Chinese youth marry as song as “fourteen” (Line7). Also that they engaged in trade in the “three Pa districts”, and that the men would leave on “long journeys” to go to these districts for trading (Line 27 and 15). The Islamic poem revealed more about religious beliefs than it did about economic or social customs. In line 1 of Khayyam’s poem he writes “Oh the threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise”, which reveals the Islamic belief in Heaven and Hell.
The theme of “A Song of Ch’ang-Kan” is that you should wait for your husband, even if it gets hard, because love is worth waiting for. The theme of Khayyam’s poem, “#63” is that you only live once, shown by “The flower that once has blown forever dies” (Line 4). These themes are similar because if the Chinese wife had not waited for her husband, she would have lost the love of her life, and been miserable.

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