Ho Xuan Huong

(1772 - 1822 / Nghệ An Province)

The Fan - Poem by Ho Xuan Huong

Are you seventeen or eighteen?(1)
Let me cherish you by all means.
Thin or thick you display a triangle, and
Large or small I hold you with one hand.
The more it is hot the fresher you will submit,
Not enough love at night, daytime will make it.
Your cheeks are rose pink and give you grace,
Lords and kings love you because of your face.


Comments about The Fan by Ho Xuan Huong

  • (11/26/2018 7:43:00 AM)

    Lords and kings love you because of your face, great description. (Report)Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi (8/27/2018 4:43:00 PM)

    A budding flower....who doesn’t love to hold it....but does everybody knows to care of it. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/27/2018 11:40:00 AM)

    I like the most, ''The more it is hot the fresher you will submit, '' especially because it is about love. Daytime is necessary to make it because the man needs the woman's face~her spiritual being.Voted 10. (Report)Reply

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  • (8/27/2018 11:40:00 AM)

    Ho Xuan Huong named also The Queen of Nôm poetry had to adapt the literary life in the Confucian society formed only by the men at that time. She is a George Sand of Vietnam. Her poems are ''subtle and witty.'' This poem is a wonderful portrait of a woman, I would say a self-portrait in words. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/27/2018 10:46:00 AM)

    I hold you with one hand! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Glen Kappy (8/27/2018 7:33:00 AM)

    Hmmm... I’d like to see a different translation of this. I wonder if the original was a rhymed poem. -GK (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (8/27/2018 5:07:00 AM)

    some difference taste of love-

    Thin or thick you display a triangle,
    ....... Not enough love at night, daytime will make it
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  • Fredrick Nemes (8/27/2018 2:20:00 AM)

    All hail teenagers of today's world, this awesome poem suits y'all. (Report)Reply

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  • Fredrick Nemes (8/27/2018 2:11:00 AM)

    All hail teenagers of today (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (8/27/2018 1:58:00 AM)

    Such a lovely poem byHo Xuan Huong👍👍👍 (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 16, 2010



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