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

八岁偷照镜

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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.

无题·八岁偷照镜
李商隐

八岁偷照镜,长眉已能画。
十岁去踏青,芙蓉作裙衩。
十二学弹筝,银甲不曾卸。
十四藏六亲,悬知犹未嫁。
十五泣春风,背面秋千下。

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