Chinese poem illustration: 长恨歌1/ Song of Everlasting Sorrow by Bai Juyi
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Part 1: Poem illustration starts from 11:30 after background introduction.
Part 1 describes the Emperor Xuanzong of Tang(唐玄宗) encounter and falling in love with the beauty Yang Guifei(杨贵妃).
This real story could be the most dramatic love story through the Chinese history, with a very dramatic background: emperor Xuanzong managed to ascend his throne by killings, managed the country as the most powerful and prosperous through Tang dynasty, even through Chinese history. He is treated as the father of Chinese drama(梨园之祖), he is the best polo player in town, he appreciated Li Bai with granting a position in royal court. He found his real love in his middle age by taking his daughter-in-law: Yang Guifei, then lost his love in the civil war(安史之乱) together with his throne, ended up humbly and sadly alone.
Poems, novels, Chinese dramas, movies, TV series all draw material from this love story, while this poem could be the most popular and renown one.
1. 成龙快婿 should be乘龙快婿
2. The emperor praised this poem is not the son of Emperor Xuanzong of Tang, It is emperor Xianzong(唐宪宗)
3. The last sentence is talking about the Dance of Beautiful Clothes (霓裳羽衣曲), not Song of Beautiful Clothes, anyhow, the song with same title really exists.
4. South dynasty (南朝) 420AC-589AC
Part 2 The death of beauty and emperor’s fleeing and returning to his palace in Chang’an city
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Part 3: A fantasy story of meetup between Yang Guifei in her afterlife with the emperor Xuanzong who was still alive. This poem and illustration is also my gift to Double Seven Festival(七夕)，the Chinese Valentine Day , which is 2018.8.17.
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