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Chinese poem illustration: 关山月 Fortress Mountain Moon by Li Bai

关山月

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The best one among Li Bai’s few Frontier and Fortress poetry(边塞诗). The moon comes up above the Sky Mountains(明月出天山) is one of the many visions built into a Chinese mind by Li Bai through his unique wording, strong character and the exceptional long-sighted vision.

This poem starting with the view of the vast, unique landscape featured with fortress, gobi desert, endless snow mountains and moon, where is also the battle fields through the history.

In very few occasion, Li Bai wrote about the average people and average family, their feelings, their sadness of broken family. Once he wrote it, his wording becomes classic.

One of the key words 色 or 邑 was discussed, where 邑 is normally considered as a better choice.

关山月
李白

明月出天山,苍茫云海间。
长风几万里,吹度玉门关。
汉下白登道,胡窥青海湾。
由来征战地,不见有人还。
戍客望边色,思归多苦颜。
高楼当此夜,叹息未应闲。

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