Treasure Island

Paul Hartal


A Tanka for Artist Gu Kaizhi


The brushwork delights:
Firm outline of each figure,
graceful gestures, robes
flowing, scarves floating, charming
faces, character in the eyes.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Gu Kaizhi was a celebrated painter in ancient China during the reign of the Eastern Jin Dynasty (265-420) . He was born in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, and in 364 he began his career as a young artist in Nanjing. Also a talented poet and calligrapher, as well as the author of 3 books about painting theory, he was promoted to serve as a royal officer. He died probably in 406.

This verse follows the matrix of the Tanka, a genre of Japanese poetry. The word tanka means “short song”. Tanka has a pattern of five lines constructed from 31 phonetic sound units, called ‘on-s’. An on can correspond, but does not necessarily equate to a syllable. The sound units are structured in the five lines this way: 5-7-5-7-7. The modern tanka developed from the classical Japanese romantic song of the waka. Its roots date back to the Heian period,794-1185. The Japanese poet and essayist Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) developed the tanka and the haiku as modern forms of classical Japanese literature.

Comments about this poem (A Tanka for Artist Gu Kaizhi by Paul Hartal )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Mystic Journey, Elizabeth Melillo
  2. Court of Life, Kolade Seun
  3. Entropic Being., John Lee Williams
  4. What The Tortoise Said, Tony Adah
  5. Forgiveness, Tiger Lily
  6. Stature, Nassy Fesharaki
  7. Twinkle twinkle little star - 6, ramesh rai
  8. Man Overboard, Tiffany Alexis
  9. The World Is Confounded, Tony Adah
  10. Twinkle twinkle little star - 5, ramesh rai

Poem of the Day

poet Paul Laurence Dunbar

The mist has left the greening plain,
The dew-drops shine like fairy rain,
The coquette rose awakes again
Her lovely self adorning.

The Wind is hiding in the trees,
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  8. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  9. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  10. If, Rudyard Kipling

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]