Chinese poem illustration: 无题 八岁偷照镜/ No Title – Looking at Mirror Privately at Eight by Li Shangyin


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Could be the 1st No Title poem of Li Shangyin wrote in his 14 or 15, a piece of etude. No Title is one the key signature of Li Shangyin poem. The Tang girl’s costume between 8 and 15 years is vividly introduced in the poem.

This poem looks rather simple on the wording. But when we look into it, it could be a sad story of his 1st love that ends nowhere. It could be his exercise on Woman Complaining Poetry(闺怨诗), which normally express the writer’s own sadness by paralleling himself to a girl or woman.



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