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The Moon at the Fortified Pass
Transcript of The Moon at the Fortified Pass
In an infinite haze of cloud and sea,
And the wind, that has come a thousand miles,
Beats at the Jade Pass battlements....
China marches its men down Baideng Road
While Tartar troops peer across blue waters of the bay....
And since not one battle famous in history
Sent all its fighters back again,
The soldiers turn round, looking toward the border,
And think of home, with wistful eyes,
And of those tonight in the upper chambers
Who toss and sigh and cannot rest. About Li Po Li Po, otherwise known as Li Bai or Li Bo, was a master in chinese poetry during the T'ang dynasty.
He is know for his graceful, lyrical, free spirited poems
Li Po lived in the Szechuan province of southwestern China and was also a Neo-Taoist.
His poetry conveys his love of freedom and peace with nature.
He loved to drink and loved women.....a lot.
Legend says he died by drowned because he was drunk, but this is untrue. Possible Historical
Influences Theme This poem is a narrative because it tells a story, "The Moon at the Fortified Pass" tells the story of Chinese soldiers. The theme of the poem reflects the ancient Chinese government. The poem focuses on the impending war that China faces. China marches their troops to meet their enemy, the Tartar troops. As they go onto their inevitable death the Chinese troops reflect on their lives and their loved ones back home. While the men are marching out to battle the ones they love are also thinking about them at home. The overall theme is war and accepting ones fate. The bright moon in the poem symbolizes hope for the warriors. They know that once they head into battle that there is no going back. The moon disappears everyday and returns during the night time. The warriors see it as bringing hope because they hope and wish that they will be able to return to their homes much like the moon returns to the sky. -Hyperbole: "In an infinite haze of cloud and sea"
-Personification: "The bright moon lifts from the Mountain of Heaven"
This poem paints a beautiful picture with it's wording. Li Po is very descriptive when he describes things like "the blue waters of the bay" and "with wistful eyes". In a way Li Po is painting an image for the reader, one they will not be able to forget. Questions "The Moon at the Fortified Pass" was written during the Tang dynasty. Therefore the historical influences come from this dynasty. The Tang Dynasty ruled for over 300 years. During this time there were advancements in foreign relations, a unified national culture, and a more centralized government. Some would say that this dynasty was characterized by strength and brilliance. Founded in 618 and ending in 907, the state, under the ruling of the Tang Emperors, became the most powerful and prosperous country in the world. Particularly, in this glorious period, the economy, politics, culture and military strength reached an unparalleled advanced level. Clearly, the military advances of the Tang influnced this poem. What type of poetry is Li Po known for?
What type of poem is this?
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