Chinese poem illustration: 小雅 车舝/Xiaoya – Carriage Axle Plug by Anonymous
Full video also available at Bilibili: 小雅 车舝
A feeling still shared among today’s people, as long as wedding is still part of our life, it hurts much when a father bid farewell to his daughter, the bride. Very likely this poem is a follower to Bei Wind Swallows(邶风 燕燕), but with more sophisticated writing technique, especially the strong and positive feeling concluded at the end.
A totally new explanation is raised in this video: this poem is about the father’s way back from the wedding rather to the wedding. The recall to the wedding and his little girl was mixed with the progression of his homeward bound journey, from early morning to a sad night camp. At last, wake up on a bright shining morning with south mountains high around, driving swiftly on the broadway(景行行止).
The sentence 高山仰止, 景行行止 became the utmost eulogist to a man with virtue and achievment, like Sima Qian(司马迁). I have been to his tomb and temple, would never forget how this sentence marked on the front gate, facing the Yellow River(黄河) and Mount Hua(华山).
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