Chinese poem illustration: 赋得古原草送别 Writing about Grass on Ancient Plateau and Farewell by Bai Juyi
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The very simple Tang poem could mean big, a popular classic poem for Chinese kids, simple, picturesque ,a song for the eternity of life.
Bai Juyi wrote this poem with very strong intention at the age of 18. First , as a vehicle to pass the imperial exam. Second, his own solute to the roots of Chinese literacy, Book of Songs(诗经) and Chu Ci(楚辞).
This poem revive again and again through movies , songs, paintings. Just name one modern song “Seeing Off/送别” by Li Shutong/李叔同, every now and then you would hear this song among Chinese.
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