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Chinese poem illustration/周南 桃夭/佚名 Young Peach Tree

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桃之夭夭, the words is familiar to every Chinese , the situation described is common in every piece of land of China in every early spring. Yet the subject is taken as peach flower mostly, which I do not consent to.

The peach tree symbolize marriage, fertility and descendants with peach flowers, fruits and leaves. Peach flower becomes the most popular allusion for young girl in the later generations.

The simplicity, the realism, together with the common feeling and scenic view shared by everyone make it lever lasting.

周南·桃夭
佚名

桃之夭夭,灼灼其华。
之子于归,宜其室家。

桃之夭夭,有蕡其实。
之子于归,宜其家室。

桃之夭夭,其叶蓁蓁。
之子于归,宜其家人。

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