Art & Culture

Poetry: Africa and Asia

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt,
and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” 

                        ― Leonardo da Vinci

 “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the
subject of cheese.” 

   ― G.K. Chesterton

 “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little
song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and,
if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” 

 ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


We could go on and on…but the point is made. Poetry, like music and painting, exists in every culture, written by both women and men and in all the world’s languages.  Here we’ll look at some of the works from Japan, Vietnam, Africa and the Middle East.

​These are small samplings just to ignite your imagination — beautiful and penetrating looks at life around the world. All of these poems and many more can easily be found in anthologies with excellent translations. (For those not written in English).  Enjoy the world through poetry.




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