Chinese poetry has a long running history. A poem conveys not only the poet’s observations, views and feelings, but also the society, the environment, and the philosophy of life. By learning Chinese poetry, you will have a better understanding of Chinese history, culture, and festivals; and hopefully communicate better with your Chinese counterparts in business.
It would be interesting to see film makers and 3D game designers transform narrative Chinese poems into vivid movies and 3D games, to educate, entertain and enlighten people in China and around the world. A best known poem collection is the Three Hundred Tang Poems, which was taught in Chinese schools.
Throughout history, Chinese poets have written a number of poems on the Lantern Festival. The Lantern Festival, originated as early as Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 25), is a major festival celebrated in China and some other Asian countries, for example, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. By tradition, it is only celebrated within families in China. In Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, the festival has been commercialised as the Chinese valentine’s day.
Below we select seven famous poems spanning different dynasties. Baidu (百度), also known as China’s Google, has taken its name from the first poem, which means 100 times in Chinese.