Chinese poem illustration: 郑风 缁衣/ Zheng Wind – Black Suit by Anonymous

郑风 缁衣

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Introduction to Zheng Wind(郑风) till 7:55, then followed by this first poem in Zheng Wind. The black suit could be an official attire for a senor officer. This poem is about the love between a wife and a husbund, a diligent civil servant is reflected as well.

An arguement is raised against characters 宜,好,席,之, with such, this poem is full of fresh details of daily life rather then a simple straightforward desciption of the black suit, the deep and tender love is visualized as well. 适子(嫡子) means sons born of the legal wife, this term also clearly indicates the protagonist as a lord or the son of lord.

郑风 缁衣
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缁衣之宜兮,敝,予又改为兮。
适子之馆兮,还,予授子之粲兮。

缁衣之好兮,敝,予又改造兮。
适子之馆兮,还,予授子之粲兮。

缁衣之席兮,敝,予又改作兮。
适子之馆兮,还,予授子之粲兮

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