October 8, 2011

Rain

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--Description: Tu Fu, Nature, Seasons-- 


Roads not yet glistening, rain slight,
Broken clouds darken after thinning away.
Where they drift, purple cliffs blacken.
And beyond -- white birds blaze in flight.

Sounds of cold-river rain grown familiar,
Autumn sun casts moist shadows. Below
Our brushwood gate, out to dry at the village
Mill: hulled rice, half-wet and fragrant


Tu Fu

--Did You Know: Tu Fu, 712–770) Du Fu (Tu Fu) was a prominent Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty. Along with Li Bai (Li Bo), he is frequently called the greatest of the Chinese poets. His greatest ambition was to serve his country as a successful civil servant, but he proved unable to make the necessary accommodations. His life, like the whole country, was devastated by the An Lushan Rebellion of 755, and his last 15 years were a time of almost constant unrest. Although initially he was little known to other writers, his works came to be hugely influential in both Chinese and Japanese literary culture. Of his poetic writing, nearly fifteen hundred poems have been preserved over the ages. He has been called the "Poet-Historian" and the "Poet-Sage" by Chinese critics, while the range of his work has allowed him to be introduced to Western readers as "the Chinese Virgil, Horace, Ovid, Shakespeare, Milton, Burns, Wordsworth, BĂ©ranger, Hugo or Baudelaire". Read more at: Du Fu

--Word of the Day: mendacity \men-DAS-i-tee\, noun:
1. A tendency to lie; untruthfulness.
2. An instance of lying; falsehood.
Example:
This was my introduction to a lifetime of mendacity. I too must learn to say these gorgeous untruths.
-- Christopher Buckley, Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir

--Quote of the Day: By letting it go, it all gets done.
The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try.
The world is beyond the winning.
- Lao Tzu

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