Chinese poem illustration: 小雅 雨无正/ Xiaoya – Tilted Rain by Anonymous
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An epic poem about the chaos and miserables during the end of West Zhou(西周), when the king was killed, captital city invaded and destroyed, mountian flattened by gigantic earth quake, famine spreaded all over. At the meanwhile, the poet was summoned by the authority which probably would cost him everything.
The key to undersatnd this poem is the concepts: spring heaven(昊天) vs autunm heaven(旻天), right(正) or center(中): to be in the center and right place. This could also be the reason that this poem is with irregular number of sentences in each paragraph, with very unusal 7 paragraphs a poem. Normally each paragraph have same amont of sentences for symetry, with an even number paragraphs of 4,6, 8 etc. when going beyond the very primitive 3 paragraphs peom. The poet tried all kinds of methods to express the status of Not Right(无正).
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