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Chinese poem illustration: 周南 卷耳/Zhou Wind – Cerastium Arvense by Anonymous

周南 卷耳

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The earliest poem of the kind: Thinking of Hometown and People(思乡怀人) poetry, the ultimate topic in Chinese literature. A new interpretation to title: Zigzag Hills rather than the general interpretation of a grass name. Anyhow, the two different interpretation does not change the whole poem meaning much.

The first paragraph depicted a depressed female figure, idling herself on the broadway and thinking about her husband or sons. The 2nd to 4th paragraph depicted a military marchling on a big rough mountains with his horse , his servant was almost dysfunctioned, he feels sick with many cups of wine. The sadness and thinking to his home getting stronger and stronger by each paragraph. At the every end, the military officer seems to be collapsed, nor sigh for his misfortunes and homesick. The sad story of the military officer could be read, either could be the imagination from his wife or mother described in the 1st paragraph.

周南 卷耳
佚名

采采卷耳,不盈顷筐。
嗟我怀人,寘彼周行。

陟彼崔嵬,我马虺隤。
我姑酌彼金罍,维以不永怀。

陟彼高冈,我马玄黄。
我姑酌彼兕觥,维以不永伤。

陟彼砠矣,我马瘏矣。
我仆痡矣,云何吁矣。

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