HOMEWORK #1 NAME
Mark and make a note about any interesting aspects you observe in this poem, selected
from the Book of Poetry. Treat this text as if it were, for the time being, your
only window into the society of China during the period, say, 1000-750 B.C. Mark
this sheet up with pen or pencil however you like (use the back if that's convenient).
The Graveyard Gate
....not clear what
graves mean in this poem
Thorn bush at the grave gate,
....thorns are painful, like feelings for dead
Cut it with an axe.
That man, he's
....is he supposed
to be unpleasant, like a thorn?
he's a famous man ....
And all in this state know;
They know, but it goes on --
....what goes on? are we supposed to know?
For long it has gone on.
....is this politics? is the poet's
enemy the bad man?
repeats, like a song
Plum tree at the grave gate, ....I'd think a plum tree would be good
Owls come and roost.
....night bird; spooky - a bad sign? superstition?
That man, he's no good!
warning to whom? ...
And I sing out a warning.
like the poet is the owl
Ignore me as he will --
Once fallen, he'll think of me.
like a jilted lover - did women write?
confusing! ...can't tell if
it's about politics or a lover ...
did those get mixed up in early China, too?