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					Elvis Navarro
IDW 213
Prof. Esteves
11/09/08

                Poem Meaning Essay by Kakinomoto Hitomoro

                These poems explore the feelings of Kakinomoto Hitomoro confronted

with the death of his wife. The poems express profound sorrow of how lonely and how

much he misses his wife who is no longer with him. The landscapes are important

because he uses landscapes to express his feeling of the loss of his wife. The landscape

creates a picture to the reader of how Hitomoro is feeling at that time as he grieves over

his wife. The envoys give a small description of Hitomoro’s feeling and then in the

chokas he goes into deeper, descriptive words of his insurmountable agony. He wishes

he could bring her back but he realizes there is nothing he can do but to preserve her

memory. He buries her in the Kimite Mountains and as he comes down he feels like he is

not alive anymore. Rocky Balboa the last Sylvester Stallone rocky movie depicts the

same situation where Rocky like Kakinomoto loses his wife and visits her grave

everyday.

                In the first envoy Hitomoro uses the Asuka River to express his huge

melancholic emotion where he explains that if a dam was built to hold the river would it

be able to hold it. He is saying that even if he could try to control his emotions he is not

able to because the emotions are too over whelming. On the second verse of the envoy

he explains how the river will be there tomorrow and then rhymes it with morrow which

means if he could see her the next day. Her name is constantly on his mind. She lived in

Karu which was another city and Hitomoro wanted to visit her more often the first verse

of the choka explains. He wanted to be with her until his heart’s content. He wanted to
make an engagement to marry his wife but couldn’t because there were too many people

and he wanted to keep it a secret. He did not want to seek her as often not to make it

obvious. There love remained a secret and he desired her in his heart, and wanted that

day when they could finally be together to come. He describes their moving on to getting

married as riding a great ship signifying as moving forward. Hitomoro’s world came

crashing down where a messenger came and told him his wife was dead. He uses a leaf

in autumn to describe his wife’s death. He uses the landscape to express the death of his

wife. The comparison of his wife’s death to a dead leaf in autumn is profound because

leaves die in autumn and fall off trees. He eloquently expresses this feeling of his wife

and the leaf it just hits you and you make the direct connection. Also he uses the day that

is over when the sun sets and again he uses nature to compare his wife’s death. The very

thought of a sunset and a day ending is just like when some one dies and a new life is

born. One life dies and one new life is born every day and a sun sets and the sun rises

and gives life to a new day. Now he uses the moon behind the clouds to represent how

she is buried and can’t be seeing anymore. Hitomoro uses seaweeds to express how they

were together as seaweeds are in the sea. He did not know what to do or how to control

his grief when he heard the terrible news of his wife’s death. Hitomoro was speechless

and he went to Karu to search for his wife in the market place and realized that she was

no longer. He desired to hear her voice and he listened and her voice was no where. The

birds sing in the mountain but to no avail for she was gone.

               In the second envoy Again he uses the landscape and the yellow leaves

who are so thick and he realizes he doesn’t know how to track where she is he does not

know the way. As he saw the messenger come at the same time the yellow leaves fell he
remembers where he use to meet his wife. Hitomoro remembers how they walked hand

in hand together when his wife was alive. Both would watch how the leaves would grow

in spring. Hitomoro uses spring to correlate how spring is life and fall is death and that

when she was alive it was spring. The abundance of green leaves Hitomoro compares

was his love for his wife. He uses the leaves the splendid landscape in the spring to

compare how his love and his wife were full of life how it was all so beautiful. He

acknowledges that no one can evade death just as the Bible explains it. Hitomoro

compares his wife’s death to a bird flying with a white scarf to the heavens. He compares

her to the Kagero which is the air rising from the hot surface of the ground and again

compares her death to the setting sun. Hitomoro left behind their baby and that’s all he

has left to remember her by their child. In the room he shared with his wife he is broken

hearted and cries every night until dawn. He desires to see her but nothing can console

his pain. Hitomoro goes to the mountains to see if he can find her but he knows the

search is futile.

                In third envoy he uses the moon which was the same moon a year ago that

they watched together but now this year she is gone and he sees it by himself with grief.

Hitomoro buried his wife in the Hikite Mountains and as he came down he felt as if he

was not alive. He felt as if he had lost a part of himself. Hitomoro used nature and the

landscapes to compare it to his wife’s death. The poem is incredibly profound the

comparisons are so vivid and you can picture it in your mind of how it happened and

what he was feeling. The sense of grief is conveying so profoundly that it makes you feel

as if you lost your wife yourself. I just lost my girlfriend and reading this poem made me

emotional to the point I cried and felt just like Hitomoro. I feel just as Hitomoro not
alive as if I just lost a part of myself. I can relate through this personal experience of

mine with Hitomoro. It is such a terrible feeling like Hitomoro I burst into tears because

she broke up with me for real this time and like Hitomoro I will not see her ever again

and the agony is unbearable for me and I can imagine even worst for Hitomoro. To feel

so hopeless and to stand there speechless trying to think but no thoughts come into your

mind all is pain.

               In Sylvester Stallone’s last rocky movie, Rocky Balboa he is struck with

the same burden as Hitomoro. Rocky loses his wife and he goes every day with a chair

and flowers and sits by his wife’s grave and tears fall down his eyes as he thinks of the

beautiful moments he had with his wife. He wished he could have her back at his side

supporting him in his next boxing match like she always did. It is a very profound movie

and he sees how his son grew and barely visits him. In one part of the movie Rocky tells

his son not to be a coward to face life and its incredibly profound. Rocky Balboa movie

correlates with hitomoro’s poem in that both are superbly profound and touching. To

read Hitomoro’s poem and to feel his grief and to see Rocky’s grief for Adrienne is so

powerful and emotional it almost makes you burst into tears. Both the poem and the

movie strike you like a spear right in the heart. There is no ultimate demonstration of

love and emotion than to write a poem about your dead wife or to sit by her grave and

bring roses everyday and cry wishing she could be back. Sylvester Stallone just like

Hitomoro give a great performance of love and emotion. In the end Rocky like Hitomoro

feels not alive and he stares with his hands in his back into the emptiness of the night

while it snows after he has remembered all the beautiful rocky moments of all the other

movies. The movie as the poem is very passionate and I felt every moment of that great
movie as well as the poem. Sylvester Stallone deserves an Oscar for his incredible

profound movies and Hitomoro for his great writing.

               Another similar story is in the Bible the book of Job. Job was a wealthy

man and had a great family and had it all. He served God but one day God allowed Satan

to mess his life up to prove that even if Job’s life was devastated that he would remain

faithful to God. Job lost every thing his wealth, his family all his kids died and all his

animals and property. Job then had leprosy and he was totally devastated. Job’s wife left

him and told him why he didn’t kill himself. Like Hitomoro, Job lost his wife she died

right after she left Job. Job remains faithful to God even when his life was in shambles

and he had lost everything. Unlike Hitomoro, Job was blessed by God and he had his

wealth, family and animals and property restored and now he had even more wealth than

he did before. The Bible and the movie Rocky balboa correlate with Hitomoro’s poem

and are great examples of grief and losing that person which you loved. Another

example similar to Hitomoro’s was Lot in the Bible in Genesis. When God destroyed

Sodoma and Gomorra two cities, who were living pagan lives which were abomination to

God. God told Lot to run to the mountains with his family and leave everything behind.

The angels told Lot and his family not to look back or they would die. Lot’s wife did not

listen to the Angels and looked back and was turn to stone. Lot lost his wife and was

devastated. Hitomoro’s poem is a great work of art and so are the examples that are

similar to Hitomoro’s poem.

				
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