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Tonight: re-sharing one of my favorite poems since childhood to mark the #秋分, or autumnal equinox.

This ci lyric is by the 12th century warrior poet Xin Qiji 辛棄疾, who was known for his valiant battles against the Jurchens, defending his homeland. 1/
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Yet Xin Qiji was sidelined during peacetime, by a Chinese court that believed in appeasement. He drifted through a decade of minor official posts in remote lands.

So tonight's #everynightapoem: on poetry —as that which is left unsaid.

“My, what a cool and lovely autumn.”
(someone just queried: yes, my translation)
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離人無語月無聲
明月有光人有情
別後相思人似月
雲間水上到層城

唐。李冶 Li Ye (Tang dynasty)
#everynightapoem #moon #中秋節

[Qi Baishi, Moon in Dream, detail]
The Tang woman poet Li Ye 李冶 (730?-784)’s father darkly predicted that she would be a “unruly woman” from her precocious poems, and thus dispatched her off at age 11 to a Taoist nunnery.
Li Ye embraced her unruliness and became known for her poetic output and her love affairs
Only 16 Li Ye poems are extant, but traces of her exist in literary anecdotes & others’ love poems.

At the height of her reknown she was offered an imperial consort title, though she did not stay long at court. In 784 she was put to death for writing poems criticizing the Tang.
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