From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- "like willow I will be the willow by your bedside."
Willow in human culture
The willow is a famous subject in many East Asian nations' cultures particularily painting (pen and ink) in china and japan.Gisaeng Hongrang, who lived in the middle of the Joseon period, wrote:
like willow I will be the willow on your bedside.Hongrang wrote this poem by the willow in the rain in the evening which she gave to her parting lover.
In English folklore, a willow tree is believed to be quite sinister, capable of uprooting itself and stalking travellers.
Willow trees are quite prevalent in folklore and myths.
"Green Willow" is a Japanese ghost story in which a young samurai falls in love with a woman called Green Willow who has a close spiritual connection with a willow tree. "The Willow Wife" is another, not dissimilar tale. "Wisdom of the Willow Tree" is an Osage Nation story in which a young man seeks answers from a Willow tree, addressing the tree in conversation as 'Grandfather'.