Chinese poem illustration: 邶风 击鼓/ Bei Wind – Striking Drum by Anonymous
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There are a bunch of war poetry in Book of Songs, recording and claiming the glory victories, or express the bitterness feeling as a soldier ( 征人) or his homesick. Some most touching poems came from this genre which phrased by blood and commitment.
Striking Drum vividly depicted a war from the very beginning to the end , which is enrolled to the army till the survivor crying for his dead brothers. The poems in Bei Wind appear a bit subtle and complicated than those decent wind of Zhou/Shao Wind, as this region used be the very big and prosperous capital area (大邑商) of previous Shang dynasty(商朝) , with many talents still.
Today, this war poem about brotherhood is mostly memorised and mentioned by the wording: 执子之手,与子偕老, as a covenant to love and marriage.
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