Erithi poetry is an Official GemStone IV Document, and it is protected from editing.
It's not outside the realm of possibility for some erithi to not be drawn to this traditional poetry style and to write, read, and enjoy other kinds of poetry. Any claims that this non-traditional way is "all the rage in the erithi lands now" or any such claptrap is just that. The erithi style of poetry is alive and well and shows no signs of dying or being supplanted.
A social or political dialogue in a format that will not offend any listener
Symbolism, assonance, alliteration, imagery, and consonance. Rhyme schemes are unimportant.
Poetry never refers to a living erithi by name. Typically, only elders are poetry masters, and not all erithi will "get" poetry or learn its language. Poets never write down their own poetry. They speak it and others write it down.
It could almost be considered a code or a riddle.
What it is not:
- It is not a haiku, a song, or a rhyme-driven poem. It is not like other poetry that might wax rhapsodic about a woman's smile. If it is doing that, it is doing it for another reason.
Teaching the Poetry
Kavrajjuri stated that the poetry was not actually taught, nor are there classes in understanding it. The poetry unfolds as you learn and study more of it. This, however, is a bias, per Chief Scholar Isienaka. There is a small group that feels you "lose" something if you teach it formally and adhere strictly to Kavrajjuri's statement. It can be assumed Kavrajjuri was learning poetry within a group of this bias. There is some truth to the statement, of course, as the best learning comes in time with effort, understanding, and wisdom. There are mostly informal studies on the poetry, and a few formal studies, on the poetry and its meaning.
Note that not only is this list not comprehensive, but that each of these symbols might have different meanings depending on context and other elements.
|Agate, Beetle||industriousness (positive), bitter habit or lack of imagination (negative)|
|Agate, Nathala||bounty of the ocean|
|Agates||soul, Lumnis (mother of agates), probably more|
|Aishan||loyalty beyond ethics, referencing aishan eyes always means inspiring fear|
|Back||outcasting, refusal, denial|
|Butterfly||Yichan Dai, beauty, art, playfulness|
|Colors||Colors in poetry are not a 1:1 correlation with colors in regular life, so wearing white doesnt have to have the same symbolism white in a poem would have|
|Dragonfly||Judgment, justice (can be divinely inspired)|
|Drinking something||accept it fully, embrace it and make it part of you|
|Ears||perception of the world, words heard|
|Eating something||benefits from it while destroying it utterly|
|Eyes||telepathy, soul, emotion, communication of emotion|
|Falcon||Valaka Dai, someone on a quest, a quest, freedom|
|Fire||fear, hunger of soul, hunger of body|
|Fireflies||messages, news traveling|
|Hands||act of creation|
|Harp||Elf (used to mean something else, changed in last century, previous meaning not released)|
|Hawk||a happening of swift and sudden precision, typically modifies another symbol|
|Jewels||Indicated that various jewels have meanings, so open for expansion here|
|Katana||masterwork, driving purpose|
|Kiss||important to look at direction of the kiss (i.e. who kissed whom)|
|Liabo||healing, compassion, blessings, honesty, or some combination thereof|
|Lornon||mystery, chaos, malice, revealed secrets|
|Makiri||(also known as the poets moon) creativity, inspiration, secret guidance|
|Mountain||tradition, honor, heritage, duty|
|Ocean||danger, outsiders, intruders, or when a Nathala speaks might mean bounty and/or guidance|
|Owl||Eloth Dai, dangerous knowledge, Fash'lo'nae|
|Ram||Surath Dai, meaningless stubbornness (negative), determination, leadership of a small group|
|Raven||always represents an elder erithi, often someone with social or political power or the poet. Significant symbol because it helps provide context for the poems understanding|
|Salmon||Tichan Dai, faithfulness, journey, desire to return home|
|Silver||memory, the past, nostalgia, reminder of something lost|
|Sword (non-katana)||regret, honor, or both|
|Throat||one of the most important body symbols. Speech and words|
|Tilaok||energy, physical motion, elemental magic|
|Tree branch or bough||often refers to a leader|
|Vulture||cycles of life, redemption through transformation, the inevitable|
|West||continent of Elanith|
|White||death, grief, funeral ritual (if person is alone)|
|White jade||receptiveness, youth, innocence|
|Wolf||prophecy, fate, predetermination, Jastev, something Jastev sees|
|Yak||willingness to shoulder burdens|