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Chinese poem illustration: 早发白帝城/ Start Early at Baidi City by Li Bai

早发白帝城

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A homeward bound poem written in his last 3 years lifetime. It is one of the masterpiece with typical Chinese writing technique of embedding feeling in scenic views(寓情于景), which is writing about surrounding views , reflecting the feeling of a person.

It is still hard to imagine how Li Bai can write this magnificent and joyful masterpiece in such a poor condition , through so many miserables in his late years. I can only contribute this to the unique characteristics of Li Bai and the great time of prosperous Tang period(盛唐), a strong , rich and dynamic country, with a mixture of culture, with ambitious and capable people, with a innocent heart.

The concept of Homeward Bound(归/还) is further explored per Chinese classic value.

早发白帝城
李白

朝辞白帝彩云间,
千里江陵一日还。
两岸猿声啼不住,
轻舟已过万重山。

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