Du Fu

(712 - 770 / Henan Province / China)

Full Moon - Poem by Du Fu

Above the tower -- a lone, twice-sized moon.
On the cold river passing night-filled homes,
It scatters restless gold across the waves.
On mats, it shines richer than silken gauze.

Empty peaks, silence: among sparse stars,
Not yet flawed, it drifts. Pine and cinnamon
Spreading in my old garden . . . All light,
All ten thousand miles at once in its light!


Comments about Full Moon by Du Fu

  • (5/15/2018 7:44:00 AM)


    I like the poem, I feel that Du Fu did a great job with this poem (Report) Reply

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (6/11/2016 2:26:00 PM)


    The moon also symbolises poetry and dreams, so it's fitting that it plays a role also in Li Po (Li Bai) 's death - the story is that he drowned in a river when he tried to embrace the moon's reflection.
    [If that's true, he was drunk, presumably, since he was drunk a good deal of the time..]
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    (5/15/2018 7:43:00 AM)

    I don't feel that he was drunk. -__-

  • Fabrizio Frosini (6/11/2016 2:23:00 PM)


    It is said that the moon in China has a special meaning. And when it's full, that represents the fullness and reunification of the family (Report) Reply

  • (2/5/2009 4:55:00 PM)


    his poems are very touching i like them a lot (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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