Comparison of Love Metaphors Between British Folk Songs and Yao’s Folk Songs

Jiansheng YAN


British Folk Songs and Yao’s Folk Songs are the art crystallizations of oral literature, which belong to the model of integrating personal creation with collective creation, reflecting the inner emotional activities and the simple way to remember things of the early laboring people. Their significant characteristics are non-individualization, non-subjectivity and non self consciousness. Phenomena of animals, plants, colors, seasons, astronomical appearances applied to love metaphors exist in the both kinds of folk songs. Findings by comparison indicate that they each have their own preferences in words and meanings applied to love metaphors because of the geospatial differences, manifesting their similarity, coincidence, gaining by contrast and unique style, which provides a perspective reference for us to understand the similarities and differences between the two folk literatures.


British Folk Songs; Yao’s Folk Songs; Thematic Narration

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