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, when the king was killed, captital city destroyed with gigantic earth quake, famine all put together. At the meanwhile, the poet was summoned by the king which probably would cost him evrything.
The key to undersatnd this poem is the concelpt of 正 or 中: to keep in the center and right place or manner. This could also be the reason that this poem is with irregular numbers of sentences in each paragraph, with very unusal 7 paragraphs a poem. Normally each paragraph have same amont of sentences for symetry, the whole poem got even numbers of 4,6 or 8 paragraphs when going beyond the very primitive 3 paragraphs peom. All the unsual things described, the irregular writing format uncovered a time of turbulance, of Not Right(无正), as well as the root cuase of his sadness of losing everyting.
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