Saturday, April 5, 2014

Analysis of "Alone Looking at the Mountain" by Li Po

Original poem reprinted online here:  "Alone Looking at the Mountain" by Li Po
Originally read: September 11, 2013
More information about the Poet:  Li Po



This poem is based on perspective. And, yes, even though this poem is purely image based note the location of each line.

"All the birds have flown up and gone."  The location: the sky.  But the key here is flying up, a direction where the birds are gone.

"A lonely cloud floats leisurely by"  The key is the adjective and the adverb and how they juxtapose each other.  The lonely cloud has sentimental weight behind it but what does the cloud do?  Floats on leisurely.  It's not like that the emotional tie holds it back from moving.

"We never tire of looking at each other."  Here the speaker plays with the sense of togetherness and friendship.

And then this, "Only he mountain and I" I guess the big note is the placement -- land, but also note the comparison.


Even though the mountain is huge, the metaphorical form of the speaker's loneliness is butted up against a mountain.  Does this belittle the man?  Does this bring loneliness to a higher sense.  I don't know for sure.

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