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Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu

 yuǎn shàng hán shān shí jìng xiá bái yún shēng chù yǒu rén jiā tíng chē zuò ài fēng lín wǎn shuàng yè hóng yú èr yuè huā
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu Scroll

This poem was written almost 1200 years ago during the Tang dynasty.

It depicts traveling up a place known as Cold Mountain, where some hearty people have built their homes. The traveler is overwhelmed by the beauty of the turning leaves of the maple forest that surrounds him just as night overtakes the day, and darkness prevails. His heart implores him to stop, and take in all of the beauty around him.

First, before you get to the full translation, I must tell you that Chinese poetry is a lot different than what we have in the west. Chinese words simply don't rhyme in the same way that English or other western languages do. Chinese poetry depends on rhythm and a certain beat of repeated numbers of characters.

I have done my best to translate this poem keeping a certain feel of the original poet. But some of the original beauty of the poem in its original Chinese will be lost in translation.

Far away on Cold Mountain, a stone path leads upwards.
Among white clouds, people's homes reside.
Stopping my carriage I must, as to admire the maple forest at nights fall.
In awe of autumn leaves showing more red than even flowers of early spring.

Hopefully, this poem will remind you to stop, and “take it all in” as you travel through life.
The poet's name is “Du Mu” in Chinese that is: 杜牧.
The title of the poem, “Mountain Travels” is: 山行
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More about the poet:

Dumu lived from 803-852 AD and was a leading Chinese poet during the later part of the Tang dynasty.
He was born in Chang'an, a city in central China and the former capital of the ancient Chinese empire in 221-206 BC. In present-day China, his birthplace is currently known as Xi'an, the home of the Terracotta Soldiers.

He was awarded his Jinshi degree (an exam administered by the emperor's court which leads to becoming an official of the court) at the age of 25 and went on to hold many official positions over the years. However, he never achieved a high rank, apparently because of some disputes between various factions, and his family's criticism of the government. His last post in the court was his appointment to the office of Secretariat Drafter.

During his life, he wrote scores of narrative poems, as well as a commentary on the Art of War and many letters of advice to high officials.

His poems were often very realistic and often depicted everyday life. He wrote poems about everything, from drinking beer in a tavern to weepy poems about lost love.

The thing that strikes you most is the fact even after 1200 years, not much has changed about the beauty of nature, toils, and troubles of love and beer drinking.

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táng shī
    tang2 shi1
t`ang shih
    tang shih
 toushi / toshi
Tang poetry; a Tang poem
poetry of the Tang period; Tang poetry



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shī tán
    shi1 tan2
shih t`an
    shih tan
poetry circles; poetry world
poetic circles; world of poetry

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sentence; clause; phrase; classifier for phrases or lines of verse
(n,n-suf) (1) section (i.e. of text); sentence; passage; paragraph; (n,n-suf) (2) {ling} phrase; (n,n-suf) (3) verse (of 5 or 7 mora in Japanese poetry; of 4, 5, or 7 characters in Chinese poetry); (n,n-suf) (4) haiku; first 17 morae of a renga, etc.; (n,n-suf) (5) maxim; saying; idiom; expression; (n,n-suf) (6) {comp} clause (e.g. in a database query language)
A sentence, phrase, clause; also used for a place.

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song; CL:支[zhi1],首[shou3]; to sing
(1) song; (2) classical Japanese poetry (esp. tanka); (3) modern poetry; (personal name) Kasumi
To sing; a song; translit. ka; cf. 迦, 羯.

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word; statement; speech; lyrics; a form of lyric poetry, flourishing in the Song dynasty 宋朝|宋朝[Song4 chao2] (CL:首[shou3])
(1) words; writing; lyrics; (2) (See 填詞) ci (form of Chinese poetry); (3) (See 辞・3) independent word; (female given name) Kotoba
An expression, phrase, word.

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poem; CL:首[shou3]; poetry; verse
(1) poem; poetry; verse; (2) (See 漢詩) Chinese poem; (female given name) Shirabe


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 meshiudo; meshuudo / meshiudo; meshudo
    めしうど; めしゅうど
(1) (See 歌会始) person specially invited to compose and recite a poem at the Imperial New Year's Poetry Reading; (2) (hist) person employed by the Imperial Court to compile anthologies of waka poetry; (3) (hist) (See 舞楽) person summoned to perform bugaku (for the nobility)


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píng zè
    ping2 ze4
p`ing tse
    ping tse
 hyousoku / hyosoku
level and oblique tones (technical term for Classical Chinese rhythmic poetry)
meter (in Chinese poetry); consistency


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(1) local commissioner (Kamakura or Muromachi eras); (2) draw to find the theme for poetry session; composing poetry by lot


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tán lín
    tan2 lin2
t`an lin
    tan lin
(1) (Buddhist term) Buddhist center for study and meditation; monastery; temple; (2) (abbreviation) Danrin style of haikai poetry (playful and oriented to the common person); Danrin school (of haikai poetry); (surname) Danbayashi
旃檀之林 Forest of sandal-wood, or incense, a monastery.


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(1) place that is often written about in waka poetry; (2) oft-repeated descriptive epithets in poetry; (personal name) Kazuraki


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poetry style; poetry rules


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(1) history of poetry (esp. Chinese); (2) history recorded in the form of poetry; (female given name) Shifumi



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shī wén
    shi1 wen2
shih wen
poetry and literature
poetry and prose; literature; literary works; (female given name) Shifumi



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shī shū
    shi1 shu1
shih shu
the Book of Songs 詩經|诗经[Shi1 jing1] and the Book of History 書經|书经[Shu1 jing1]
(1) book of poetry; (2) The Classic of Poetry and The Classic of History (Chinese texts)



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shī gē
    shi1 ge1
shih ko
 shiika / shika
poem; CL:本[ben3],首[shou3],段[duan4]
(1) Japanese and Chinese poetry; (2) poetry; poems; (female given name) Shiika



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shī huà
    shi1 hua4
shih hua
poetry and pictorial art; work of art combining pictures and poetry



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shī huà
    shi1 hua4
shih hua
notes on poetry, an essay genre consisting of informal commentary on poems and poets and their lives (old); a genre of narrative literature interspersing prose with poetry, popular in the Tang and Song dynasties


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essay on poetry; theory of poetry



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shī jí
    shi1 ji2
shih chi
 shishuu / shishu
poetry anthology
poetry anthology; collection of poems; collected poems; (female given name) Shizu



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tán lín
    tan2 lin2
t`an lin
    tan lin
(1) (Buddhist term) Buddhist center for study and meditation; monastery; temple; (2) (abbreviation) Danrin style of haikai poetry (playful and oriented to the common person); Danrin school (of haikai poetry)
A monastic school room.


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 sankashuu / sankashu
(work) Sankashu (personal collection of Japanese poetry by Saigyo); (wk) Sankashu (personal collection of Japanese poetry by Saigyo)



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shān shuǐ shī
    shan1 shui3 shi1
shan shui shih
shanshui poetry, genre of Classical Chinese poetry



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shū qíng shī
    shu1 qing2 shi1
shu ch`ing shih
    shu ching shih
 jojoushi / jojoshi
lyric poetry
lyric poetry; lyric poem; ode



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méng lóng shī
    meng2 long2 shi1
meng lung shih
Misty Poetry, a post-Cultural Revolution poetry movement


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modern poetry; modern-style poetry



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yín fēng nòng yuè
    yin2 feng1 nong4 yue4
yin feng nung yüeh
 gonfu rugetsu
lit. singing of the wind and the moon; fig. vacuous and sentimental (of poetry or art)
to recite poetry along with the blowing of the wind while enjoying a beautiful view of the moon


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 shiikakangen / shikakangen
(yoji) Chinese and Japanese poetry and instrumental music; poetry and music; literature and music


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(1) {Buddh} (abbreviation of 栴檀林) (See 栴檀・1) Buddhist center for study and meditation; monastery; temple; (2) (abbreviation) (See 俳諧・1,談林風,談林派) Danrin style of haikai poetry (playful and oriented to the common person); Danrin school (of haikai poetry)


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 kokufuu(国風); kuniburi / kokufu(国風); kuniburi
    こくふう(国風); くにぶり
(1) national customs and manners; (2) provincial song or ballad; (3) waka (classical Japanese poetry, as opposed to Chinese poetry)

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Mountain Travels Poem by Dumu遠上寒山石徑斜白雲生處有人家停車坐愛楓林晚霜葉紅於二月花
yuǎn shàng hán shān shí jìng xiá bái yún shēng chù yǒu rén jiā tíng chē zuò ài fēng lín wǎn shuàng yè hóng yú èr yuè huā
yuan3 shang4 han2 shan1 shi2 jing4 xia2 bai2 yun2 sheng1 chu4 you3 ren2 jia1 ting2 che1 zuo4 ai4 feng1 lin2 wan3 shuang4 ye4 hong2 yu2 er4 yue4 hua1
yuan shang han shan shi jing xia bai yun sheng chu you ren jia ting che zuo ai feng lin wan shuang ye hong yu er yue hua
yüan shang han shan shih ching hsia pai yün sheng ch`u yu jen chia t`ing ch`e tso ai feng lin wan shuang yeh hung yü erh yüeh hua
yüan shang han shan shih ching hsia pai yün sheng chu yu jen chia ting che tso ai feng lin wan shuang yeh hung yü erh yüeh hua
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In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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