Kahil Gibran and his Reflections

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In his book 'The Beloved: Reflections on the Path of the Heart' Kahlil Gibran describes different aspects of love, changes in beloved people's inner worlds and the path of love, hatred, tears and inspiration in general. In his poem 'Love One Another' Gibran depicts beloved as primarily two bonded persons, who, however, do not intend to dissolve in each other: " And stand together yet not too near together /For the pillars of the temple stand apart/ And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow" (poetry-source.com, 2006).


In addition, he holds that love allows gathering patience, willpower and makes person more resistable to external calamities: "It is something that gathers strength with patience, grows despite obstacles, warms in winter" (ibid). Another interesting notion which can be found in the story, is the growth of love in the situation of disconnection or lack of communication between the beloved. The author shows how the feeling flourishes, when the protagonist reflect upon it, whereas his dearest person is faraway.
Another characteristic of beloved person can be drawn from another marvelous poem - 'Love is a Magic Ray'. In this sense, the beloved have light minds, as they full of illusionary freedom and euphoria. In fact, the author indicates that the beloved view life through rose-colored glasses, because the strong feeling facilitates and simplifies the perception of life.
The fourth poem I would like to examine is 'The Beloved: Reflections on the Path of the Heart', which skillfully and metaphorically 'tests' the genuineness of feelings, as there are several criteria which help distinguish beloved person. ...
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