Chinese Poems:

Chinese poetry can be divided into three main periods: the early period, characterised by folk songs in simple, repetitive forms; the classical period from the Han dynasty to the fall of the Qing dynasty, in which a number of different forms were developed; and the modern period of Westernised free verse.

Early poetry:

Sample 1 (From Shi Jing)

Sample 2: My heart is like the autumn moon ~~

Classical poetry

Sample 1 (Ballad on Climbing Youzhou Tower)

Witness not the sages of the past,
Perceive not the wise of the future,

Reflecting on heaven and earth eternal,
Tears flowing down I lament in loneliness.

- by Chen Zi'ang

Sample 2

Modern poetry

sample 1(Gu Cheng--The return)

Don’t go to sleep, don’t
Dear, the road is long yet
don’t go too near
the forest’s enticements, don’t lose hope

write the address
in snowmelt on your hand
or lean on my shoulder
as we pass the hazy morning

lifting the transparent storm curtain
we’ll arrive at where we are from
a green disk of land
around an old pagoda

there I will guard
your weary dreams
and drive off the flocks of nights
leaving only bronze drums, and the sun

as beyond the pagoda
tiny waves quietly
crawl up the beach
and draw back trembling

Sample 2(Xi Murong-Blooming tree)


Sample 2(Xi Murong- Missing u)

Sample 3(Xi Zhimo-Chance)

For more information, you can check the following wonderful sites :

1. Chinapage

2. Chinapoem

3. Easysea-Shige

4 Home of 300Tang poems

5. Guoxue

My favorite classical poets are Li Ching-chao , Li shang-Yin, Ouyang Xiu, Su Shi. As to modern ones, I like Ai Ching, Gu Cheng, Shu Ting , Xi Murong .

English Poems

I love the poems written by the famous poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and Robert Frost.

Sample 1 -One word is too often profaned

ONE word is too often profaned (by Percy Bysshe Shelley)
For me to profane it,
One feeling too falsely disdain'd
For thee to disdain it.
One hope is too like despair
For prudence to smother,
And pity from thee more dear
Than that from another.

I can give not what men call love;
But wilt thou accept not
The worship the heart lifts above
And the Heavens reject not:
The desire of the moth for the star,
Of the night for the morrow,
The devotion to something afar
From the sphere of our sorrow?

Sample 2 Love's Philosophy (by Percy Bysshe Shelley)

THE fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle—
Why not I with thine?

See the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain'd its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea—
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?

Sample 3 The road not taken (by Robert Frost)

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
T hough as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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