Li Ching Chao
Li Ching Chao Poems
- A Morning Dream This morning I dreamed I followed Widely ...
- Last Night Last night thin rain,
- Autumn Love Search. Search. Seek. Seek. Cold. Cold. Clear. ...
- A Friend Sends Her Perfumed Ca... A friend sends her ...
- Sorrow To the melody of "Sheng Sheng Man" I pine and ...
- Sorrow Of Departure Red lotus incense fades on The jeweled ...
- As In A Dream To the melody of "Ru Meng Lin" Last night in...
She was born into a literary family and became an antiquarian, book collector, and calligrapher. Of her six original volumes of lyrics, only about 50 lyrics remain.
In Stephen Owen's chapter, "The Snares of Memory," it concentrates on Li Ch'ing-Chao's Afterward to Records on Metal and Stone. He believes that Chao's account is filled with memories of her happy times in her married life and her tremendous bitterness toward her husband for the excessive value he placed on this material collection.
Chao opens the afterward with a comparison of two men, Ch'ang-yu and Yuan-k'ai, deluded by the importance of their possessions. She refers to their love of collecting... more »
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A Morning Dream
This morning I dreamed I followed
Widely spaced bells, ringing in the wind,
And climbed through mists to rosy clouds.
I realized my destined affinity
With An Ch'i-sheng the ancient sage.
I met unexpectedly O Lu-hua
The heavenly maiden.
Together we saw lotus roots as big as boats.
Together we ate jujubes as huge as melons.
We were the guests of those on swaying lotus seats.
They spoke in splendid language,
Full of subtle meanings.
The argued with sharp words over paradoxes.
We drank tea brewed on living fire.
Although this might not help the ...