Friday, September 19, 2008

Lament for Ying

Lament for Ying is a poem written by famed poet Qu Yuan ca. 278 BCE.


According to tradition, Qu Yuan, a of Chu, his home country, wrote the work in anguish as the Qin general Bai Qi marched his troops upon Yingdu, capital of Chu , threatening to invade. In the face of the imminent peril confronting his homeland, he was filled with fury and grief. The poem expresses his deep concern and worry for his country's fate, his pity for the people of Chu, and his anger at the country's self-indulgent ruler who had allowed this tragedy to befall them.

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