蝉 虞世南 垂緌饮清露, 流响出疏桐。 居高声自远, 非是藉秋风。   The Cicada Yu Shinan   It drinks cold dew, It sings sweet song, The song spread far, as it stands high, Not because the autumn wind flickers away.   (The writer compared himself to the cicada, conveying that he is aloof from politics …

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绝句

绝句 王庭筠   竹影和诗瘦, 梅花入梦乡。 可怜今夜月, 不肯下西厢。   Quatrains Wang Tingjun   The shadow of bamboos, the spareness of poems, Fragrant plum blossoms fly into my dreams. But the bright moonlight tonight, Is absent in my west chamber, being far away.   (I can feel a hidden bitterness when reading …

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感遇

感遇 张九龄   江南有柑橘, 经冬犹绿林。 岂伊地气暖, 自岁有寒心。 可以荐嘉客, 奈何阻重深。 命运惟所遇, 循环不可寻。 徒言树桃李, 此木岂无阴。   Sigh With Emotion Zhang Jiuling   There’s some orange trees in the south of the Yangtze River, They can survive winter and still remain green, braving snow and frost. Oranges are splendid presents to offer tribute, …

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思帝乡, Miss the Capital

思帝乡, Miss the Capital 韦庄, Wei Zhuang 春日游,                      Tour in a spring day, 杏花吹满头。           Apricot blossoms fall on head. 陌上谁家年少?         Where are the young boy in the field from? 足风流。                    So romantic. 妾拟将身嫁与,    …

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