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Chinese poem illustration: 江南 Yangtze River South by Anonymous

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A fork song dated 2000 years ago, a Musical Department song( 乐府诗) in Han dynasty, a rare song about the Yangtze river area, a unique song depict the country life of a region full of rivers and lakes.

This song created and established several terms and images for Chinese culture, the metaphor and connotation of Yangtze river south, lotus and fish(江南, 莲, 鱼), these terms or its images are quite oftenly seen through the Chinese history, in poems, songs, novels, paintings, movies , gardens etc.

With deep dive to the lyric, or poem as we call it today, the very simple and a bit weird poem is reasoned.

江南
佚名

江南可采莲,
莲叶何田田,
鱼戏莲叶间。

鱼戏莲叶东,
鱼戏莲叶西,
鱼戏莲叶南,
鱼戏莲叶北。

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