Chinese poetry is a most highly regarded literary genre in Chinese classical literature. In ancient China, poetry-writing was a favorite pastime for all educated men or women, for it was the genre which, sanctioned by tradition, to express the emotions of themselves.
Therefore, Chinese poets and artists concentrate heavily on history of humanity, the beauties of nature and landscape, love, friendship, courtship and marriage, and even everyday trials.
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Here is a famous Chinese poem Spring Morning by Meng Haoran of Tang Dynasty. The unique poem starts with the singing of the birds, the blowing of wind, the pattering of rain and the falling of petals on a spring night.
With merely 4 lines and 20 words, it has expressed the ringing message â€” another spring morning has arrived unnoticed and another cycle of life has started unawared, as is shown in the opening and falling of spring flowers.
I learned this poem in my fifth grade. At that time, I didnâ€™t comprehend the pathetic feelings about the flight of time expressed by this poem. But I was struck by the simplicity, elegance and beauty of its words and rhythm. I remembered this poem in my mind and heart. Until this day, I can easily recite this poem anytime. I shared this simple lucid poem with DD this spring.
The English translation of this poem is:
Into my slumber in spring steal beams of morning light,
And now to my ears come the voices of birds all around.
Yet I heard the sounds of winds and rains in the night,
I wonder how many flowers are fallen down to the ground.
Here is a video for Chinese Tang poem Spring Morning on Youtube.
My students chanted and sang this poem (after theÂ Qiaohu Number Song)Â on 2014 Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration in our Chinese school. They did an excellent job. I am very proud of them!
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