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Li Sao (Chinese:離騷; Pinyin: Lí São) is one of the most famous poems in Chinese history. Pinyin (拼音, pīnyīn) literally means join (together) sounds (a less literal translation being phoneticize, spell or transcription) in Chinese and usually refers to Hànyǔ Pīnyīn (汉语拼音, literal meaning: Han language pinyin), which is a system of romanization (phonetic notation and transliteration to roman script) for Standard Mandarin used in the...


The name is often translated as The Lament, but is also known as On Encountering Trouble. Attributed to Qu Yuan by Sima Qian, it is a poem of search, sorrow and disillusionment of an exiled prince. It is part of the collection known as Chu Ci. Qu Yuan (Simplified Chinese: 屈原; Traditional Chinese: 屈原; Pinyin: qū yúan) (340 BC - 278 BC) was a Chinese patriotic poet from southern Chu during the Warring States Period. ... Sima Qian (circa 145—90 BC) was a Prefect of the Grand Scribes (太史令) of the Han Dynasty and an astrologer. ... Portrait of Qu Yuan, the central figure of Chu Ci, by Australian Chinese artist Zhang Cuiying Chu Ci (Simplified Chinese: 楚辞; Traditional Chinese: 楚辞; Pinyin chǔ cí), also known as Songs of the South or Songs of Chu, is an anthology of Chinese poems by Qu Yuan and Song Yu...

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