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Chinese poem illustration: 四十年来家国 My Homeland for the Past Forty Years by Li Yu

四十年来家国

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Gifted on writing is far from creating a masterpiece. In Chinese, misfortune of the country is the fortune of a poet is another way of putting this(国家不幸诗家幸). Li Yu(李煜) should be the number one candidate for this condition. He ruled his kingdom across 3000 miles which lasted for 40 years, ended up by the Song dynasty, from a King to a slaughtered captive.

With deep dive to chinese culture, especially the Ancestral Temple(太庙), which was cultivated since Zhou dynasty dated back 3000 years ago, it might reveal some untold feelings and thoughts by this poet , by an emperor.

破阵子·四十年来家国
李煜

四十年来家国,三千里地山河。
凤阁龙楼连霄汉,玉树琼枝作烟萝,
几曾识干戈?

一旦归为臣虏,沈腰潘鬓消磨。
最是仓皇辞庙日,教坊犹奏别离歌,
垂泪对宫娥。

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