Life of tribulations: The DONG-A ILBO

The poet holds on to his leather coat late into the night, watching the dead leaves fall in the cold wind, against the backdrop of a pavilion by a river in the southern region, where the autumn rain is pouring down . This indicates his full confidence that he can respond to the call of the court at any time, thus reaffirming his will to build merits for the country by frequently looking at himself in the mirror. However, the poet’s anguish deepens because what is reflected in the mirror is not the joyful image of his youth but the present “frail and weak” self. This is because weak and patriotic egos are in conflict with each other.

On this night, when the emptiness in the heart caused by this conflict cannot be filled at all, the poet “alone leaning on the pavilion” struggles. This is the part where he feels the frustration of no longer being able to demonstrate himself what he can achieve for the country, but he regrets not being able to assume this frustration. Perhaps it was because it would have been hard to bear the bitter experience of being buried in the distant memories of the brilliance of his youthful days full of ambition and overzealous aspirations.

The above poem was written by poet Du Fu at the age of 55, towards the end of his life. Although as a young man he traveled to many places and gained the wisdom of his life through many readings and interactions, he had to live a life of hardship facing obstacles such as finding a job. endless, wandering, war and disease.

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