Learning Chinese Poems is a great way to practice pronunciation, but also learn a bit about the culture and history.
Today’s poem is from Tang Dynasty poet Bái jū yì on the topic of farewells.
In the modern days, thanks to the invention of airplanes, we can fly halfway across the globe in half a day’s time, saying goodbye to a good friend heading off to a new city doesn’t seem so bad most of the time. However, what if airplanes and trains don’t exist? In ancient times, farewells are a much greater deal because the cost of travel is far greater. There is a lot of uncertainty with seeing a friend or a family off, and one never know if that is the last time they will be in touch with someone. As a result, many poems about goodbyes are written, and this is one of the best ones.