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Qingming Festival in ancient Chinese poems

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-04-03 09:05

3. Tune: Wind Through Pines

Tune: Wind Through Pines is a masterpiece of Song Dynasty poet Wu Wenying (1200-1260). Between the lines lies the author's grief over the rainy spring and parting with beloved ones. Here is an excerpt:

Hearing the wind and rain while mourning for the dead,

Sadly I draft an elegy on flowers.

Over dark green lane hang willow twigs like thread,

We parted before the bowers.

Each twig revealing our tender feeling.

I drown my grief in wine in chilly spring;

Drowsy, I wake again when orioles sing.

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