Chinese poem - “Autumn Words" By Liu Yuxi (Includes original song and video) | 《秋詞（其一）》- 劉禹錫 (內有原創樂曲及影片)
Last time we introduced Hiking by Du Mu who articulated his love for autumn through the livelihood in the maple forest. This time we will introduce Autumn Words by Liu Yuxi. Like Du, Liu’s autumn is full of optimism and energy.
The background 創作背景
In AD805, Liu took part in a political reform where the purpose was to instill integrity into the ruling organization. By AD806 the political reform had to be abandoned due to resistance from many of those in power. Liu was demoted and sent to Langzhou which is Wuhan in modern day China. He wrote this poem during his time there. Although Liu was demoted, you can’t sense any cynicism or anger in his poem. Instead, the poem is very motivating and inspiring.
The meaning of the poem作品大意
Zì gǔ féng qiū bēi jì liáo ， wǒ yán qiū rì shèng chūn zhāo 。
Qíng kōng yī hè pái yún shàng ， biàn yǐn shī qíng dào bì xiāo 。
Traditionally everyone says autumn is cold and sad, but I say autumn is better than spring
There’s a crane in the clear sky and it’s flying through the clouds, it has inspired me to write poems and reach for the blue sky
Qíng kōng yī hè pái yún shàng ， biàn yǐn shī qíng dào bì xiāo
The poet uses the nature scene of the crane flying through the clear sky, and the blue sky to reflect his desire the work against all odds and start afresh. Although he has been demoted, he isn’t upset or demotivated and uses the analogy of the crane to articulate his feelings. However, cranes usually fly in flocks, and in his poem there is only a lone crane. Maybe the poet is using a lone crane to represent his loneliness to fight a lonely battle for his future.
Fun fact 趣味小知識
The crane is an integral part of this poem. Do you know what the crane represents in ancient Chinese literature? It has been mentioned in many well known poems and has quite a few faces. For example, the poet Cui Wei describes it as elegant. Many other poets describes it as being immortal, thus representing longevity. And finally, a well known figure called Lù jī was killed when he was involved in a political battle. In his dying words he mentioned the crane, thus the crane has been associated with regrets.
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