A Comparative Study of Water Semiology in Sohrab Sepehri’s and Gibran Kahlil Gibran’s Works

Asghar Moulavi Nafchi, Mohammad Esmaeili Rafeirad, Mohsen Mohammadi Kordiani


All over the world, among various cultures, water has always been a major concept and given a lot of attention. Many nations in different ways have delivered it in different symbolic forms. The implications given to water are based on cultural and national tendencies. Being highly important, water and its semiology has beckoned prominent poets and authors’ attention and because of its great function it has been utilized in conveying those poets’ intentions thereby enriching their works. In the current study, we look into the importance of water and its symbolic representation in Sohrab Sepehri’s and Gibran Kahlil Gibran’s works. The results show that Sohrab has used the symbolic aspects of water more than Gibran has. Sohrab’s symbolism is rooted in Persian-Islamic mythology, both national and religious, thus mainly oriental in origin. On the other hand, Gibran has been influenced by the western and universal symbols of water.

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