Li Qingzhao: Beauty from Sorrow

  • May 13, 2013
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In most of her poems created during her declining years, she depicted her misery and loneliness. In her poem, A Long Melancholy Tune (Autumn Sorrow) Despair, she wrote:

Searching, seeking.
Seeking, searching:
What comes of it but
Coldness and desolation,
A world of dreariness and misery
And stabbing pain!
... 

To convey all the melancholy feelings
Born of these scenes
Can the one word ‘sorrow' suffice?

When she finally settled in Hangzhou, capital

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Li Qingzhao: Beauty from Sorrow
In most of her poems created during her declining years, she depicted her misery and loneliness. In her poem, A Long Melancholy Tune (Autumn Sorrow) Despair, she wrote:

Searching, seeking.
Seeking, searching:
What comes of it but
Coldness and desolation,
A world of dreariness and misery
And stabbing pain!
... 

To convey all the melancholy feelings
Born of these scenes
Can the one word ‘sorrow' suffice?

When she finally settled in Hangzhou, capital

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