Chinese poem illustration: 邶风 柏舟/ Boat of Cypress Wood by Anonymous
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Drifting boat is always a metaphor of fate, fate of a lord, fate of a state which resemble a group of people sharing the same as well as turbulent destination. This metaphor was further developed by Zhuangzi(庄子) as the ultimate destiny of a hermit: self-sufficient on a touring boat with loose anchor neither a destination(饱食而遨游, 泛若不系之舟, 虚而遨游者也). This poem started the metaphor of a wandering boat in Chinese poetry.
This poem depicted the common feeling of worriness belonged to a lord in a unrest with impressive and elegant. The empathy created in turn makes this poem unique and popular. An argument on the title is raised: The Boat of Cypress Wood implies this poem is about the Bei State and its lord. It use double entendre of 柏(cypress) to indicate 伯(lord), these two characters should share the same sound in Zhou dynasty as well.
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