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The River Merchant's Wife: A by Ezra Pound Flashcards

the river merchants wife a letter theme

Her village is a suburb of Nanking and she is willing to walk to a beach several hundred miles upstream from there to meet her husband, so deeply does she yearn to close the distance between them. On the River Merchant's Wife: A Letter. The leaves fall early this autumn, in wind. In Pound's version, the woman has begun to notice for the first time the change of the seasons and to recognize the painful images of their transience and mutability. A lonely housewife hasn't seen her husband for 5 months, so she writes him a letter. Why should I climb the look out? The paired butterflies are already yellow with August Over the grass in the West garden; They hurt me. More importantly, some may wonder why I am trying to put the clock back, when the great innovator showed how much fresher and more compelling poetry could be when cast in idiomatic language and natural speech rhythms.

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Literary Devices in The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter

the river merchants wife a letter theme

In the Chinese poem, due to lack of specified relations of tense or number, the narrative sequence is not explicitly established by syntactical markers. He had an uncanny ear for rhythm, and some of the novelist's gift in creating character — gifts he developed further in the. And since they were mere small children, there is no reason why they should avoid playing around a chair, seat, or even a bed. Endless the water and your looks entreat and hurt me still as each evening falls. I looked out forever from the lookout tower, but could not imagine the distances there held you still travelling, hour by hour.

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On River

the river merchants wife a letter theme

Love An overwhelming number of Pound's poems revolve around a theme of love. In their dallying couples the butterflies cut the deeper in me than yellowing leaves. As translator he could protect himself, exploring his civilian situation without exposing too much; as translator, he could also prevent the Cathay poems from in any way, however inadvertently, feeding the war machine. Arthur Waley was apparently very unhappy with Pound's translation, and he decided to show Pound a few things by re-translating some of Li Po's poems that Pound had rendered. The paired butterflies are already yellow with August Over the grass in the West garden; They hurt me. You ambled up to me on your bamboo stilts.

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Ezra Pound: Poems Themes

the river merchants wife a letter theme

{1} Soon after I wore my hair covering my forehead I was plucking flowers and playing in front of the gate, When you came by, walking on bamboo-stilts Along the trellis, playing with green plums. Much of translation today is in prose, elevated to 'free verse' to claim a more contemporary and faithful rendering, often. Pound's verse in Cathay is generally attractive but not beautiful, and the approach removed many of the devices needed to convey what is concise, allusive and deeply musical in the original. And, in this case, the wife is speaking to herself and her husband together imagining that her husband is actually before her about themselves in the phase of innocence imagining that they both now see themselves, as children, in front of them. When you came by, walking on bamboo-stilts 4. And we went on living in the village of Chokan: Two small people, without dislike or suspicion.

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Ezra Pound: Poems Themes

the river merchants wife a letter theme

The main theme narrows down to character's relationships, marriages and 18th century society. And in line 18 the effect of this long absence is brought to full comprehension by the use of the natural image of the sounds of the monkeys that reflect back to her the sound of her own sorrow. Lines 11-14 The central image of this stanza is the growth of love between the young husband and wife. After the book came out in print his friend wrote from the Marne that he kept it at all times in his pocket. You came by on bamboo stilts, playing horse, You walked about my seat, playing with blue plums.

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River

the river merchants wife a letter theme

You walked about my seat, playing with blue plums. What he didn't find or fully appreciate, he made up, as any decent writer will. We are also happy to take questions and suggestions for future materials. A faithful rendering insists that we understand the words fully, and appreciate the very different traditions and structures under which they operated in a particular poem. Working with the literary traditions of other cultures was typical not only of Pound, but of most of his contemporaries, who were not convinced that the only culture of value was European. The effect of an intense, repressed emotion is conveyed through carefully selected images and minimal statement -- a method productive of the kind of poetry at which the Imagists were aiming: a precise, objective rendering. However, we can at least say this: it implies that a grown-up person is speaking to a person an imaginary audience about two children's innocence.

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Explanation: On River

the river merchants wife a letter theme

Even though we only get the wife's side of the story, we have no reason to assume that the love is not mutual. Asphodel Press, 1987 , 9. Living in the 21st Century it is somewhat difficult to imagine anything remotely similar, interesting or slightly scandalous happening in a period in which rich men marry apparently beautiful women whose main ambition in life is to marry well. In her world sex does not even exist. She really does have feelings for her husband now, whether they be physical or emotional, and misses him. Poetry doesn't turn on these matters. I wanted to be with you, as dust with its ashes.

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The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter Themes

the river merchants wife a letter theme

Lines 8-9 establish the child-wife's shyness in this formal adult situation by offering a picture of her bent head and averted eyes, a shyness so extreme that she could not respond to her husband, no matter how many efforts he made. The last four lines of the poem make it all too clear: If you are coming down through the narrows of the river Kiang, Please let me know beforehand, And I will come out to meet you As far as Cho-fu-Sa. This is even truer in line 1 and line 6. Let's aim for a muted and simple rendering: four stresses to the line, little rhetoric, translations close to the dictionary sense, Li Bai's rhyme scheme preserved in pararhyme: From first your woman, hair covering forehead, a playing at the gate, picking flowers. Once again there is no mention of love, and in this time period her mate was probably chosen for her.

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