Chinese poem illustration: 小雅 四牡/ Xiaoya – Four Horses by Anonymous
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One of the three most recited and sung poems by Zhou people(鹿鸣, 四牡, 皇皇者华), as they were the songs defined by code of conduct of Zhou(周礼) to be played in a grand party.
Not like the other two happy songs, this poem is of sad feelings of homesick. It sounds a bit strange how could a sad song be played in a happy party, normally consist of music, dance, dining, drinking and shooting arrow game etc, while it definitely revealed the two ultimate subjects of Zhou people: wars and family/ancestors.
This poem could be a typical three paragraphs poem of Shijing, the first, second and fifth paragraph consist of the verse with three paragraph, and the third and fourth paragraph might be chorus.
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