Women and LoveChristine GreenwoodSouth University
Running head: WOMEN AND LOVE
WOMEN AND LOVE
Women and LoveSappho was born around 615 B.C. on the Greek Island of Lesbos and died around 550 B.C. Bai Juyi was born on the Chinese island of Henan in 772 and died in 846 (Whittier College, 2004). While Bai Juyi and Sappho are both famous poets who lived centuries ago, they are renowned for their great literary works that are still read today. The poem "The Bloom is not a Bloom" by Bai Juyi is open to many interpretations. "No Word" by Sappho tells the story of a woman who has lost her lover and has received no word from her since her teary departure. Both poets on the surface seemingly write about completely different subjects, but in analyzing their works further, one can tell they shared similar depictions of women and love through their writings of unreliability and sorrow.The poem "The Bloom is not a Bloom" by Bai Juyi discusses things which are not as they seem; hence the title of the poem, it is about the short-lived nature of love. The bloom refers to a birth of something beautiful, which is often associated with flowers. When flowers are buds about to bloom, they become beautiful flowers that are admired and loved by many. The same idea can be applied to love and women. The author writes about a love which seems to grow and disappear without a trace. Hence, he says, "at midnight she comes and goes again at dawn" (Bai Juyi, n.d.). The poet is trying to show how temporary women are in his life. He seems to be lamenting the loss of a love, and he is never sure how long the next one will last; hence he asks, "how long will she stay?" (Bai Juyi, n.d.). He compares her to mist and a morning cloud, which never lasts beyond the morning, showing that women are temporary and short occasions in his life.Sappho's poem, "No word," on the other hand, is a love poem about a lost lover. The woman is so heartbroken that she wishes she was dead rather than feel the pain of loss. Her lover had left her shackled in love although she left unwillingly. It is not clear why her lover left, but it is apparent that the two shared a lot of great memories. For instance, when she says, "If you forget me, think of our gifts to Aphrodite and all the loveliness that we shared," the speaker pleads with her lover not to forget the great times they shared (Sappho, n.d.). The poem has a very sad tone as the woman openly remembers the good times the two shared and have now lost.Both these authors talk about a lost love. In Bai Juyi's case, his love comes and goes every day. In the case of Sappho, the woman implores her lover to maintain the good memories they have shared. She is extremely sad that her lover left and has never sent word to her despite the lovely memories they shared. This shows how much both yearn for their loved ones even though they cannot have them to their satisfaction as they desire."The Bloom is not the Bloom" uses a lot of similes and symbolism...