Chinese poem illustration: 卫风 氓/ Wei Wind – Outlander by Anonymous
The unique Chinese poetry genre Woman Complaining Poetry(闺怨诗) started since this poem, a simple, lyrical narrative poem, which deeply influenced so many late comers, just name a few: Peacock Flies Southeast(孔雀东南飞), Song of Changgan(长干行), Song of Everlasting Sorrow(长恨歌).
This poem tells the life story of a female roughly 3000 years ago, from her childhood till her late years, which seems a too normal subject for us. Just think it again: a poem on love, marriage and family written by a female poet, have you ever seen a second?
Part1 is about her love and wedding, part2 is about her marriage life. Her husband behave such differently after the wedding. Though he feels regretful everyday and promise to behave with manner, the next day is of no change.
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