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Chinese poem illustration: 少年行 Song for Juvenile by Wang Wei and Li Bai

少年行

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Song for Juvenile(少年行) is borrowed title from Musical Department (乐府) , which has been written by many poets in Tang dynasty and following dynasties. The original music part in Han dynasty has been lost , the title and writing topic was kept till now.

Wang Wei/王维 and Li Bai/李白 is the most two famous poets of the Prosperous Tang time, the prosperous period (盛唐), and they two have the most splendid songs for the most splendid period.

These two poems reflected the situation and spirit of the time , the boys from Xianyang (咸阳) or Five Mausoleum towns(五陵), who were from the richest or the most noble families through out of the empire.

少年行四首
王维

新丰美酒斗十千,
咸阳游侠多少年。
相逢意气为君饮,
系马高楼垂柳边。

少年行二首
李白

五陵年少金市东,
银鞍白马度春风。
落花踏尽游何处,
笑入胡姬酒肆中。

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