Du Fu Poems: A Painted Falcon – 杜甫《画鹰》


















A Painted Falcon

A frosty wind from silk scroll seems to rise,

A superb falcon appears to the eyes.

It hovers to attack a cunning hare;

Like frowning monkey its side glances glare.

Its golden chains and rings brighten the hall,

Where it may alight to answer your call.

When would it strike the birds of lowly breed

And shed their blood and feathers at high speed?



The poem is divided into two stanzas: the first stanza describes the tragic farewell and the second stanza conveys the plight of the conscripts. The poem is divided into two stanzas: the first stanza is a chronicle of the tragic farewell; the second stanza is a chronicle of the conscripts’ complaints. The poem has a profound ideological content. Through the words of the conqueror to the old man, the poem tells the people’s hatred of war and exposes the long-standing militarism of Emperor Tang Xuanzong, who has caused great disasters to the people through years of warfare. The entire poem is a narrative of emotions, with the narrative sequence echoing back and forth, and the changes in order, and the clever use of transitional lines and idiomatic words, resulting in an evocative artistic effect. The poet created a new theme of music to write about current events, making a pioneering contribution to the new music movement that emerged in the Middle Tang Dynasty.

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