Chinese poem illustration: 郑风 子衿/ Zheng Wind – His Collar by Anonymous
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A love poem, the tenderness, hurting and sorrow in a affair are perfectly addressed. The idiom His Dark Blue Collar(青青子衿) finally becomes a pronoun for a beloved young boy with sophistication.
This poem is quite popular today per its intelligibility. Not like some other poems in Shijing, it talks something purelly personal and eternal rather than those things like lords, common interests(公), ancestors etc. which is non-personal, which is unfamiliar to today’s people. Love between a girl and a boy, between two persons had never changed through the history on land of earth. There is still a possibility that it is about brotherhood, a key value in Zhou dynasty.
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