Experience the beauty of Chinese poem -- Sentiments of Lament 李白 Li Bai

Li Bai is one of the greatest poets in Chinese literature. The following is one of his popular poems.  If you would like to listen to the recitation of the poem, read the interesting poem analysis and know what is the requirement to be a beauty in ancient China, then you are welcome to visit Sentiment of Lament

怨情
Yuan4 qing
 

Sentiments of Lament
 

美人卷珠簾,
Mei3 ren2 juan3 zhu1 lian2
The beautiful lady curled up the beaded curtain.

深坐蹙蛾眉.
shen1 zuo4 cu4 e2 mei2
Sitting deeply (in thought), she twisted her long and slender eye brows (in distress). (Note 1)

但見淚痕濕,
dan4 jian4 lei4 hen2 shi1
I merely saw the tear stains wet (her beautiful face).

不知心恨誰?
bu4 zhi1 xin1 hen4 shui2
There is no idea in her heart toward whom she bore resentment?

 

To solve the mystery and figure out  why the lady was sad, visit Sentiments of Lament.

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Comment by Shu on April 22, 2012 at 11:45am

Iris, thank you for the visit:) Chinese poems can be pretty dry at times, so I like to make them a bit humorous so that people won't doze while reading them. I had a lot fun with this line
彈琴復長嘯, you are welcome to check that post out  竹里館Zhu2 Li3 Guan3Lodge in the Bamboo Grove and hope you will have fun reading it too:) Have a good week to you there.


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Comment by Iris on April 21, 2012 at 10:52pm

Thanks for sharing this poem. Ancient poem has special beauty for me. :)


Teacher
Comment by Shu on April 21, 2012 at 7:55am

People of different culture and time have different opinion regarding what a true beauty is. In Tang Dynasty, they thought chubby women are the most beautiful ones ....


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Comment by Thomas Doherty on April 21, 2012 at 4:46am

I do not think modern women would like to be described as cicada-like and having square foreheads.

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