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Chinese poem illustration: 和张仆射塞下曲.其三 Reply to Officer Zhang’s Under the Fortress by Lu Lun

和张仆射塞下曲

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The best breed of Frontier and Fortress poetry (边塞诗) by a Mid-Tang poet Lu Lun, a bit strange in a time of wars, ruins and death. It might be the last radiance of the setting sun of Tang dynasty.

Lu Lun’s writing is quite unique, he never touches the highlight in his poem, but with several vivid and touching snapshots, like several pictures of different time. His writing always bring very strong intensity of battle field , like the horror film, the prelude scenes and music is the real thing horrific.

As usual, this poem leaves a lot of space between the senses depicted, everyone can has his own way to fill the gaps and draws his own plot of the whole story. This poem is also an excellent example of the traditional writing technique : never write everything on the paper, let the reader fill the gaps, think about (言无尽意)

和张仆射塞下曲·其三
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月黑雁飞高,
单于夜遁逃。
欲将轻骑逐,
大雪满弓刀。

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