Tao Chien Poems
- Drinking Wine I made my home amidst this human bustle, Yet I...
- 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 ...
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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I made my home amidst this human bustle,
Yet I hear no clamour from the carts and horses.
My friend, you ask me how this can be so?
A distant heart will tend towards like places.
From the eastern hedge, I pluck chrysanthemum flowers,
And idly look towards the southern hills.
The mountain air is beautiful day and night,
The birds fly back to roost with one another.
I know that this must have some deeper meaning,
I try to explain, but cannot find the words.