Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    thedaffodils's Avatar
    thedaffodils is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    3,974
    Post Thanks / Like

    Smile let a man be as supple as a reed

    At all times let a man be as supple as a reed and not rigid as a cedar
    I understood the meaning of the sentence I quoted above. My question is whether it is an English saying or not. If yes, I'd like to copy it down in by notebook.

    Thanks!

  2. #2
    BobK's Avatar
    BobK is offline Harmless drudge
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    15,650
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: let a man be as supple as a reed

    No - the normal comparison is between something that bends with the wind - grass or a reed - and an oak, and the collocation with "reed" is "bend like a reed". The traditional song O Waley Waley uses the image of an oak:

    I leaned my back against an oak
    Thinking that he was a trusty tree
    But first it bent and then it broke
    And so did my false love to me

    b

  3. #3
    thedaffodils's Avatar
    thedaffodils is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    3,974
    Post Thanks / Like

    Smile Re: let a man be as supple as a reed

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    No - the normal comparison is between something that bends with the wind - grass or a reed - and an oak, and the collocation with "reed" is "bend like a reed". The traditional song O Waley Waley uses the image of an oak:

    I leaned my back against an oak
    Thinking that he was a trusty tree
    But first it bent and then it broke
    And so did my false love to me

    b
    Thank you for your answer, BobK.

    Sarah Brightman has rendered this song. I love her works much, eg. Time to Say Goodbye, The Music of the Night.

Similar Threads

  1. thinking reed
    By rita rosario in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-May-2008, 20:56

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •