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Chinese Poems 学诗词 To Sympathize with the Farmers 《悯农》

Learning Chinese Poems is a great way to practice pronunciation, but also learn a bit about the culture and history.

This poem is written by Tang Dynasty poet Li Shen.

Li Shen wrote two poem that fell under the same title, both regarding the topic of the hardship farmers faced back when the poems were written. While Li Shen was not as famous as many other Tang Dynasty poets, and the poems themselves are not as sophisticated in writing, the two poems were still very popular because they spoke of the thought of many people experiencing those hardships.

The poem I am sharing today is the second poem from the set of two. It vividly described a scene where a farmer was working tirelessly under the harsh sun, making it easy to understand. It also places emphasis on the importance of respecting one’s meal, which make this poem timeless and appropriate for even the very young.

这首唐代的诗为悯农二首组诗之二,作者为李绅。在唐代这个诗词百家争鸣的时代,李绅的悯农二首显得相当简陋,然而这两首诗的生命力却意外强大,诗被不断传唱最终成为了经典。其中原因之一是诗句本身语言通俗,音节和谐明快,容易背诵。但是更重要的原因是诗的内容源于生活,将许多人们熟悉的事物加以点播,让人更容易理解,并且了解其中所想表达的道理。诗句在将农民的辛苦生动形象地表达出的同时,也为人们留下了反思的空间,从而让这组诗成为后世也能细细品味的经典。

今天带来的悯农之二,讲述了农耕的辛苦之外,还提醒了我们不能忘记对粮食的感激尊敬之情,这也是为什么这首诗也非常适合小朋友学习。

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