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Posted 14 October 2004 - 08:59 PM

Please post all the poems you find by Cao Cao in this thread. English or Chinese it dosn't matter share the wonderfull works of Cao Cao.

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Posted 14 October 2004 - 09:01 PM

Song of the Dew

Twenty kings have reigned in the House of Han,

But the former king employs a wavering man.

Like a monkey dressed in manís attire,

He is ignorant but tricky, a perfect liar.

As he hesitates to put rebellion down,

The king is then abducted out of town.

When the rainbow lies across the sun,

The evil omen means that his life is done.

Dong Zhou usurps the power in great haste;

He kills the king and lays the capital to waste.

The House of Han is in peril during the clashes;

The ancestral temple soon is burnt to ashes.

The king has to move throne to the west,

The people *** on the way, deeply distressed.

When I look at the former capital town,

I feel a pang of sorrow for the crown.

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Posted 14 October 2004 - 09:02 PM

Song of the Burial


Heroes in the east rise in revolt,

Attacking traitors like a thunderbolt.

When they raise troops to put rebellions down,

They plan to meet again in the capital town.

As the troops cannot be of one mind,

They hesitate and therefore fall behind.

They begin to fight against each other,

And even plot against their own brother.

The younger brother ascends the throne,

While the elder keeps a seal of his own.

Meanwhile, the soldiers are beset by lice,

And the people suffer worthless sacrifice.

Dead bodies scatter in the open air;

Not even cockcrow is heard anywhere.

The high death rate is beyond belief;

At thought of this, Iím benumbed with grief.

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 05:54 PM

i just love his poems

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 08:39 PM

very nice poems. Seems Cao Cao also had some talent in poetry. I'll try finding some too.
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Posted 25 July 2005 - 09:04 PM

Nice, did you translate it? It's amazing you made it still ryhme.

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 09:37 PM

i just love his poems

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Alot of people do, I find them pretty.

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Posted 26 July 2005 - 01:45 AM

Like a monkey dressed in manís attire,

He is ignorant but tricky, a perfect liar.

sounds like a good description of bush

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Posted 26 July 2005 - 04:35 PM

specially when it's a good representation of the four character poems

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Posted 26 July 2005 - 10:07 PM

this is one of his best ones. the turtle one

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 07:16 AM

didn't he also make one about the two pretty sisters of that time, don't know their names though, in viet their called Dai Kieu and Tieu Kieu.

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 08:43 AM

Should be about 大嬌 and 小嬌, but I don't know the poem...
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Posted 27 November 2005 - 09:12 AM

Great poems, did you translate them yourself? And by the way, isn't the poem you are talking about the Bronze Pavilion one?

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Posted 27 November 2005 - 09:54 AM

I found these wonderful poems while searching around kongming.net. These poems are great indeed.

Poems by Cao Cao
Translated by Lady Wu

To My Wine (對酒)


To my wine I sing
of the times of peace,
when officers shall not make calls at the door.
The ruler is bright and virtuous,
His ministers loyal and trustworthy.
Abiding by propriety and courtesy,
The people have no cause for lawsuits.

From three years of farming, nine years of stores,
The granaries overflow with grains Ė
While the elderly have no need to labour.
Rainfall is abundant and of proper time,
The myriad of crops a great harvest yields.
From the highways are pulled back mighty steeds,
Their manure used to fertilize the fields.

From dukes down to viscounts,
all love the common people,
demoting the unworthy, raising up the good Ė
As fathers and brothers they nurture the people.
Those who defy the law
are punished according to the severity;
though none is so selfish as to take roadside property.
The jails are all empty,
and on Solstice day no sentences are pronounced.

All live to eighty or ninety,
and pass away only of old age.
The rulerís compassion touches all creatures equally.

Hao Li Xing (蒿里行)


Gallant men there were, from the Eastern lands,
rallying against the nefarious ones.
At Mengjin, where the last Alliance met,
they vowed
to free the Capital from the evil shroud.

Though their forces were one, their minds
divided; hesitant they marched
like geese leaderless.
And not long after,
they fought
among themselves; for profit they sought.

The younger Yuan himself an emperor made,
In the north the other carved a seal of jade.

When last did armour leave the soldiersí frames?
Lice and fleas infest the long-worn metal.
From a myriad families people are lost
to untimely death, while
sun-blanched bones lie bare in fields
abandoned, nor a c**k-crow heard for a thousand li.
Of a hundred men who live here now,
would even one be left
by the morrow?
That very thought breaks my heart with sorrow.

Mo Shang Sang (Mulberry on the Fields) (陌上桑)


Driving a rainbow,
Riding crimson clouds,
I ascend the Nine Peaks to the Gates of Jade.

Crossing Heavenís River,
Reaching Mount Kunlun,
I meet the Western Goddess, pay my respects to the Sun.

Chisongís my companion,
With Xianmen I am friends Ė
I learn to nurture my spirit with the Tao that transcends.

My foodís the immortalís lingzhi,
My drinkís from fragrant springs,
My staff is made of laurel, and on my head an orchid ring.

No mortal affairs or troubles,
No limits to where I go,
As swift as the wind blows in the universe I travel.

Though the shadow has moved not,
A thousand miles Iíve passed Ė
Ageless as the mountains but forgetting not the past.

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Posted 28 November 2005 - 05:10 AM

wowwww cao cao is really great at making poem :)
I wonder.... :-?

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