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Chinese poem illustration: 南园十三首·其五 13 Songs of South Farm Field by Li He

One of the leading poet in mid-Tang period, with the title of Poetry of Ghost诗鬼, Li He李贺 lead a short and rather simple life of 27 years. He created a unique style of poetry: extremely refined wording that never used by others, romantic imagination and very subtle meaning that hard to be deciphered. He has a huge influence to the latecomers till today, his wild and magic wording is recited and quoted till today.

This poem is an alternative to his typical poems, very plain and straightforward. The poem is the sort of “How many roads must a man walk down. Before you call him a man?” poem. He was an gifted early bird on poem , appreciated by the leading scholar of the time Han Yu韩愈, with the royal blood in his vessel , all these mean a great future for him, until the day he was set up that he could never go to the Imperial Exam in his lifetime. He prepared for the exam with all his time till the moment.

This poem was written in his home when he back from the Imperial Exam in Chang’an city and tried to calm down and find a new life goal. With great madness and fury ,this could be the reason that he wrote this poem straightforward and so powerful.



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