Tu Fu

(712-770 / Gong County / China)

On a Prospect of T'ai-shan


How is one to describe this king of mountains? Throught the whole of Ch'i and
Lu one never loses sight of its greenness. In it the Creator has concentrated
all that is numinous and beautiful. Its northern and southern slopes divide the
dawn from the dark. The layered clouds begin at the climber's heaving chest,
and homing birds fly suddenly within range of his straining eyes. One day I
must stand on top of its highest peak and at a single glance see all the other
mountains grown tiny beneath me.

Submitted: Saturday, May 26, 2001
Edited: Saturday, May 26, 2001

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

Read poems about / on: beautiful, dark, lost

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?

Comments about this poem (On a Prospect of T'ai-shan by Tu Fu )

Enter the verification code :

  • George Herquet (5/11/2009 6:11:00 PM)

    This poem, #11 on the list, and #8 are the SAME poem, but translated by two different people. I prefer #11, especially 'the layered clouds begin at the climber's heaving chest'; how vivid! (Report) Reply

Read all 2 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. death, Omobude Saint perry
  2. sO u wannabe a hOLY cOw, bOy, sEaN nOrTh
  3. in between, Omobude Saint perry
  4. Fetching a Raindrop, Masharia kanyari
  5. my death, Omobude Saint perry
  6. Midnight's Rain, Khairul Ahsan
  7. Seamless Transition, Doug Blair
  8. To Be Continued, Vincent Topp
  9. Church Woman (Saint in Progress), Doug Blair
  10. Invisible Monster, Dan Walker

Poem of the Day

poet Emily Dickinson

239

"Heaven"—is what I cannot reach!
The Apple on the Tree—
Provided it do hopeless—hang—
That—"Heaven" is—to Me!

...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet John Burroughs

 

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]