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Quatrain of Seven Steps

Quatrain of Seven Steps

Quatrain of Seven Steps (七步诗) was composed by Cao Zhi (曹植) to compares relation of beans and beanstalk to relationship of the poet and Cao Pi (曹操).

On The Stork Tower

On The Stork Tower

On The Stork Tower (登鹳雀楼 ) was composed by Wang Zhihuan (王之涣) to describe what the poet sees and feels about when he ascends the Stork Tower.

Spring Morning

Spring Morning

Spring Morning (春晓 ) was composed by Tang Dynasty Poet Meng Haoran (孟浩然) to describe the observations and thoughts of the Poet upon waking up on a pleasant spring morning.

Toiling Farmers

Toiling Farmers

Toiling Farmers (悯农) was written by Tang Dynasty Poet Li Shen (李绅) to express the hard work of farmers for every single grain of rice.

Night Thoughts

Night Thoughts

Night Thoughts (静夜诗) was written by Tang Dynasty Poet Li Bai (李白) to express the loneliness, nostalgia, and homesickness of the poet.

On Parting, Five Poems (4th)

On Parting, Five Poems (4th)

On Parting, Five Poems (4th) ( 离思五首(其四)) was composed by Yuan Zhen (元稹) probably for his dead wife. The metaphorical expressions in the poem show the poet's loyalty and his yearning for his wife.

A Song of A Travelling Son

A Song of A Travelling Son

A Song for the Travelling Son (游子吟) was composed by Meng Jiao (孟郊) to express his gratitude for his mother. The poem is relatively simple and easy to understand. It was written when the 50-year-old poet was appointed as a county official in Liyang, Jiangsu Province. He then brought his mother to live in the county.

Bamboo Branch Song

Bamboo Branch Song

Bamboo Branch Song (竹枝词) was composed by Liu Yuxi (対禹锡) to express the mixed feelings of a maiden in love. She falls in love with a man and wonders anxiously about his feelings about her. Therefore, hope and worry are mingled, bringing her a complicated state of mind.

Fair Lady Yu

Fair Lady Yu

Fair Lady Yu (虞美人) was composed by Li Yu (李煜) to express the nostalgia of his past life. The poet was an emperor of late Song Dynasty, lamented the collapse of his kingdom.

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