The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Sunday, May 10, 2009

300 Tang Dynasty Poems: #31 Mooring at Twilight


First of all, the important stuff Happy Mother's Day. The Tang Dynasty in China was considered something of a cultural Golden Age. Poetry in particular was held in high esteem. Any literate person would take pride in composing a poem. No homecoming or leave taking; no event was considered too small to have a poem lovingly composed for it's commemoration. The best of poetry from that era was collected in a famous anthology entitled The 300 Tang Dynasty Poems. If here click here, you will find a complete online version. Below is a sample of the Tang Dynasty poets' handiwork from that anthology.

MOORING AT TWILIGHT IN YUYI DISTRICT

Furling my sail near the town of Huai,
I find for harbour a little cove
Where a sudden breeze whips up the waves.
The sun is growing dim now and sinks in the dusk.
People are coming home. The bright mountain-peak darkens.
Wildgeese fly down to an island of white weeds.
...At midnight I think of a northern city-gate,
And I hear a bell tolling between me and sleep.

5 comments:

walt said...

Never been a fan of Western poetry, but I do enjoy a lot of the Oriental ones. That is quite a collection!

"They were read for their effect on character," the into says. What a concept!

walt said...

Sorry, I meant to write "intro," not "into."

Rick said...

We could do worse, couldn't we?

Vale Taiji said...

Lovely poem, and another beautiful photo too - where do you get them from?

Rick said...

Here's the link to an online version of the 300 Tang Dynasty Poems.