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Chinese poem illustration: 和梦得夏至忆苏州呈卢宾客/ Reply to Mengde’s Poem Titled as a Recall to Suzhou for Mr. Lu in Summer Solstice Day by Bai Juyi

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Happy Summer Solstice Day! This poem belongs to the type of Corresponding Poem(应和诗), which is the reply poem to a poem previously written by other person. Corresponding Poems consist of a big portion of Tang poems, it is the messages between people, it is the songs to each other which reflected many details of normal life or political life.

No surprise this poem is not so famous even it was by Bai Juyi. Anyhow, we can know a bit summer solstice day in Tang dynasty, the dinner, the food in Suzhou city, which is recalled many times in Bai Juyi ‘s late life. Life philosophy of Bai is reflected as well: Stay alone when the world became hopeless(穷则独善其身).

和梦得夏至忆苏州呈卢宾客
白居易

忆在苏州日,常谙夏至筵。
粽香筒竹嫩,炙脆子鹅鲜。
水国多台榭,吴风尚管弦。
每家皆有酒,无处不过船。

交印君相次,褰帷我在前。
此乡俱老矣,东望共依然。
洛下麦秋月,江南梅雨天。
齐云楼上事,已上十三年。

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