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Huan Yi
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0 posted 01-23-2005 03:56 AM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi


“Bollywood star Parveen Babi dies . . .

As her film career waned Babi made few public appearances and lived in virtual seclusion. “

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4198219.stm


Shades of Ono no Komachi
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John, what does this have to do with a poetry challenge?
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I'm wondering the same thing Kari.

and i knew in the crystalline knowledge of you
~Buckingham/Nicks

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3 posted 01-24-2005 02:50 AM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi

In Japan there is a tradition of plays, poems, etc.
around Ono no Komachi on the theme of the once
beautiful and famous woman who wanes into neglected
old age and obscurity.  The most ready example I can
think of in American poetry is Frost:


“The witch that came (the withered hag)
To wash the steps with pail and rag,
Was once the beauty Abishag,”*

though I am sure  there are others, (an English example,
Walter De La Mare:

“The Song of the Secret


Where is beauty?
Gone, gone:
The cold winds have taken it
With their faint moan;

The white stars have shaken it,
Trembling down,”)

It’s a universal theme, and one that can be treated
as creates a sad sensitive beauty.

That’s the challenge.

*On a coarser note, this is pretty much how Linda Lovelace
of porno fame ended up.
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That helps.  Thanks!
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5 posted 02-05-2005 12:39 AM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi

An American version:


http://www.outlawwomen.com/BabyDoeMcCourt.htm

 
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