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Chinese poem illustration: 秋夕/ Autumn Night by Du Mu

秋夕

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A poem for July 7th/Double Seven festival(七夕or乞巧) on lunar calendar, or 2018.8.17 this year.

With vidid description of the night and those odalisk in Tang palace, the bitter and sad feeling is suggested by the color of candle(银烛), twilight of autumn night(秋光, 夜色) and the boring odalisk. The writhing about cold color is highly appreciated.

The Double Seven Festival is festival for female only in Tang dynasty, not like today treated as a Chinese Valentine Day. Not matter in the past or today, it is of joy, celebration and praying, the bitterness, sadness and idleness in this poem make a big contrast to the happy festival.

This poem is of Woman Complaining Poetry, very probably it could be an indirect expression of Du Mu himself, complaining about his own life and fate. Another poem on Double Seven Festival could be referenced: 迢迢牵牛星.

秋夕
杜牧

银烛秋光冷画屏,
轻罗小扇扑流萤。
天阶夜色凉如水,
卧看牵牛织女星。

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