|The Rhyme Maker
365 - 427
Yuanming is also known as Tao Qian and as T'ao Ch'ien.
Yuanming is from the Six Dynasties period (c. 220 – 589), the
period just prior to the Tang Dynasty, the “Golden Age” of
Chinese literature. He is the most highly regarded poet prior
Tang era, a fact that Tang poet Li Bai uses in his wine poems ,
Two Poems Written As Parting Gifts.
Waley's book, there are no stanza breaks in this poem.
The breaks given here, separating the dialogue, brings
some clarity to the piece.
- S. H. Bass
The Wine Poems
Shadow, and Spirit (Waley)
"The Unmoving Cloud" (Pound) A/V
the quiet of the morning I heard a knock at my door
Yuanming (365 – 427), Chinese poet
by Arthur Waley (1889-1966), British scholar/poet
the quiet of the morning I heard a knock at my door:
threw on my clothes and opened it myself.
asked who it was who had come so early to see me:
said he was a peasant, coming with good intent.
brought a present of wine and rice-soup,
that I had fallen on evil days.
live in rags under a thatched roof
seem to have no desire for a better lot.
rest of mankind have all the same ambitions:
too, must learn to wallow in their mire.”
man, I am impressed by what you say,
my soul is not fashioned like other men’s.
drive in their rut I might perhaps learn:
be untrue to myself could only lead to muddle.
us drink and enjoy together the wine you have brought:
my course is set and cannot now be altered.”
A Hundred And Seventy Chinese Poems (1918)
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