Tao Chien Poems
- Returning To Live In The South... When young, I'd not ...
- Returning To The Old Homestead My home was formerly at ...
- Reading The Classic Of Hills A... In the summer grass and...
- Returning To Live In The South... I sow my beans below the ...
- To Harmonize With The Poem Of ...
- Idle Living Though life is brief, feeling is ...
- Drinking Wine I made my home amidst this human bustle, Yet I...
Tao Qian ( T'ao Ch'ien, 365–427), better known as Tao Yuanming ,was a Chinese poet. Born in modern Jiujiang, Jiangxi, he was one of the most influential pre-Tang Dynasty (618-907) Chinese poets.
He came from a notable family which had descended into poverty; when young, he was torn between ambition and a desire to retreat into solitude. His great-grandfather was the famous Eastern Jin ... more »
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Returning To Live In The South (I)
When young, I'd not enjoyed the common pleasures,
My nature's basic love was for the hills.
Mistakenly I fell into the worldly net,
And thus remained for thirteen years.
A bird once caged must yearn for its old forest,
A fish in a pond will long to return to the lake.
So now I want to head to southern lands,
Returning to my fields and orchards there.
About ten acres of land is all I have,
Just eight or nine rooms there in my thatched hut.
There's shade from elms and willows behind the eaves,
Before the hall are gathered peaches and plums.