A study of Eighteen Songs of a Nomad Flute is the album to describe the struggling life of a war prisoner in North China in the Han Dynasty. The album was describing the feelings of the authors in the hardship and there were some creations using the same title to respond each other, which is rare to find in the history. Therefore it must deserve to find the connections.
In addition to the poetry, there are still creations of music, painting, novelette, and drama in the album of Eighteen Songs of a Nomad Flute. This thesis focuses on the analysis of poetry in it because there had been a lot of studies of music, painting, novelette, and dram.
The third chapter compares the grief and indignation poems which has the same title and was created by the same author, Cai Yan to the poem in the album of Eighteen Songs of a Nomad Flute, because the formers were not collected in the same album as the latter. Then the next step is to do the analysis deeply in the poetry. After my researching, there are some findings,
1) The main story was focused on the role, Cai Yan and other authors expanded the life of the album by adding their imagine and experience in literary.
2) Nomad Flute has the outstanding feature to show the feelings of missing hometown by its special sounds. As a result, the existing music in the album of Eighteen Songs of a Nomad Flute still has the aforementioned special feature to show the author’s feelings of missing hometown.
3) After the Sung Dynasty, a lot of artists had their paintings based on Eighteen Songs of a Nomad Flute to show their concerns to the society. The details of these paintings have the feature of that time, which is good evidence to know the life style in Sung Dynasty.
4) The Story of Ts”ai Wen-chi is still played in nowadays. The role, Wen-chi, had been shown by different images but everyone remembers the image that she was a gifted female scholar in poetry but lived in hardship.
As a result, the author of Eighteen Songs of a Nomad Flute, Cai Yan, had been seen one of the outstanding female scholars in the history by showing her talent and thinking in the album. Although the role of the album, Ts”ai Wen-chi, was thought as the reflection of the author, they had developed different image and position by the supplementing to the album by other scholars in the later age.