Arghun was the stated reason why Marco Polo was able to return to Venice after 23 years of absence. Arghun, having lost his favorite wife Bolgana , asked his grand uncle and ally Kublai Khan to send him one of Bolgana's relatives as a new bride. The choice fell to the 17-year-old Kökötchin ("Blue, or Celestial, Dame"). Marco Polo was given the task of accompanying the princess through land and sea routes, navigating on a Mongolian ship through the Indian Ocean to Persia. The journey took two years and Arghun died in the meantime, so Kökötchin instead married Arghun's son Ghazan .
Use the links below to open audio versions of the poems in the Anthology . This is a selection of the Pre-1914 Poetry Bank . Other poems are protected by the authors' copyright. The mp3 files are larger and of slightly better quality; I recorded them using Audacity . The Real Media files were converted from the mp3 files using Helix Producer Basic . To play these files you will need a media player such as RealOne Player or Windows Media Player . You are welcome to edit the files and add your own FX. If you have a slow connection the files may take some time to download or open.