EAST ASIAN POETRY ANALYSIS

CLASSICAL JAPANESE HAIKU BY MATSUO BASHO

古池 / 蛙飛び込む / 水の音

The old pond.
A frog jumps in—
Plop!

This poem is written in Haiku style a very popular kind of poem. Haiku’s format is five, seven, five syllables within 3 lines. This classical Haiku poem above is written by Matsuo Basho. This particular poem talks about an old pond that nothing really happened to it for years but suddenly there’s a frog that jumps in and made the sound “PLOP!”

THOUGHTS IN THE SILENT NIGHT BY LI BAI

床前明月光,疑是地上霜。

举头望明月,低头思故乡。

Thoughts in the Silent Night      Beside my bed a pool of light—

Is it hoarfrost on the ground?    I lift my eyes and see the moon,

I bend my head and think of home.

In the poem, they said when one looks at the moon he or she would often want to express how they feel about their families. Because seeing the same moon from different places can make them feel connected in a way even though they live very far away from each other. This poem is written by a famous Chinese guy name Li Bai.

These two poems originated from two different countries, that have a different culture, religion, and etc… But the comparison that we can both make in these two countries is that they have the same ideas of writing a poem because they mostly referred to nature as their main ideas. No self-opinion or other random things are written to set a bad reputation for their own country.

 

 

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