Li Shanggyin Poetry Analysis

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Li Shangyin (c.813-858) is a multifaceted late Tang poet, known by his courtesy name as Yishan (義山). Whether his deep anguish political poems or implied brilliant poems, both display his talented artistic style. Among them, the most prestigious and easily arouse controversy should be those ‘Untitled’ poem. Poems with untitled, it means that the title is unable to write or can not write. The description of the scene and a story the poem narratives, may also represent an unspeakable mood. Therefore, it still has great significance and value for posterity to read and deliberate repeatedly even after a thousand of years. Pan Fayi (潘发义) (2001) points out some literati’s opinions of this poem. For example, the writer Jixiao Lan纪晓岚of “Si Ku Quan Shu” (四库全书) regards it as a work of lament (感遇之作), and it is filled with plaint of life’s countless meetings and partings. Whereas the scholar He Zhuo何焯 thinks that it exclaims time is getting, and it is too late to make an achievement. It can be seen from these two lines, “寓意于光阴难驻,我生行修也”. However, most of people think that this is a love poem, also describes the classic love and monument. “相见时难别亦难” is a famous masterpiece. This poem was written when Li Shangyin was around 15 years old, and he was sent to Yuyang Mountain(玉阳山) to learn Taoism by his parents. It narrates the bitter love between Li Shangyin and Song Huayang (宋华阳) during that period. It is a poem with a feminine tone, expressing persistent belief and burning desire. This essay

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