Chinese Poetry - Toiling Farmers

悯农 Toiling Farmers

Toiling Farmers was written by Tang Dynasty Poet Li Shen (李绅) to express the hard work of farmers for every single grain of rice. The first two lines describe farmers working very hard for toiling despite the very hot weather at noon. The following two lines relate the hard work of farmers with the food in people’s bowls, and that every grain of rice comes at the expense of hard labor.

悯农 Toiling Farmers 锄禾日当午, chú hé rì dāng wǔ, Farmers weeding at noon, 汗滴禾下土。 hàn dī hé xià tǔ 。 Sweat down the field soon. 谁知盘中餐, shuí zhī pán zhōng cān, Who knows food on a tray, 粒粒皆辛苦。 lì lì jiē xīn kǔ。 Thanks to their toiling day.

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