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A Poem by Du Fu : View From A Height

‫   View From A Height Sharp wind, towering sky, apes howling mournfully; untouched island, white sand, birds flying in circles. Infinite forest, bleakly shedding leaf after leaf; inexhaustible river, rolling on wave after wave. Through a thousand miles of …

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A Poem by Du Fu : To The Recluse, Wei Pa

‫   To The Recluse, Wei Pa Often in this life of ours we resemble, in our failure to meet, the Shen and Shang constellations, one of which rises as the other one sets. What lucky chance is it, then, …

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A Poem by Du Fu : To Bi Siyao

‫   To Bi Siyao Once stately figures in the art of rhyme, Now sadly down at heels, our careers in ruin, Regarded by our servants with disdain, We are grown old and gray before our time. Yet in your …

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A Poem by Du Fu : The Temple Of Zhuge Liang

‫   The Temple Of Zhuge Liang Zhu-ge’s great name hangs over the whole world; the revered statesman’s portrait awes with its sublimity. The empire carved into thirds hindered his designs, yet he soars through the ages, a lone feather …

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A Poem by Du Fu : The Pitiful Young Prince

‫   The Pitiful Young Prince Hooded crows fly at night over the walls of Chang’an, uttering harsh cries above Welcoming Autumn Gate, then head for people’s houses, pecking at the lofty roofs, roofs beneath which high officials scurry to …

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A Poem by Du Fu : The Eight Formations

‫   The Eight Formations Your achievements overshadowed any in the Three Kingdoms; most famous of all was your design for the Eight Formations. Against the river’s surge, they stand solid, immovable, a monument to your lasting regret at failing …

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A Poem by Du Fu : Song Of Lovely Women

‫   Song Of Lovely Women Third day, third month festival, and the air fresh with spring; beside Serpentine Lake in Chang’an, many lovely women stroll. Their appearance is elegant, their thoughts lofty and refined, their complexions delicate, figures in …

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