Chinese poem illustration: 江雪 River and Snow by Liu Zongyuan


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The River Snow(江雪), is actually a life and death question raised to himself by Liu Zongyuan, who was very smooth on his career life in the central government before his 30s, suddenly posted to a no man’s land , with no hope to come back Chang’an city , neither hometown , even the civilized world in his rest life.

The first pair of sentence is about mountain, a no man’s land, saturated with the feeling of mortality. The second pair of sentence is about river and fisherman. The only fishman against a land of mortality resembles the poet himself who was against all odds of the emperor, of the society, of his fate.

As a Mountain River and Farming Field poem(山水田园诗), with a very typical subject of fisherman, which always suggests a hermit life(Fisherman,Lumberjack,farmer, scholar:渔樵耕读), this poem reflected a land of death, a hermit with utmost struggling and protesting, which make it unique and lasting.

This great masterpiece of Liu Zongyuan reflects some of his endured , some of the endeavor of this period, also the dedication of a brave heart.



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