Listening to Music

Liu Chang Qin (709-785) is another Tang poet who is not very well-known.

 

But one of his poems stuck a chord with me:

 

Listening to Music

 

From the seven* strings come a sad melody,

As desolate as cold pine trees.

Though I love the old melodies,

People are not willing to play them these days.

 

* An ancient Chinese instrument, the Gu Qin, has seven strings.

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