Unformatted text preview: not pluck it in its prime,
it will wither with autumn plants.
If you truly hold on to noble principles,
what, after all, could this humble concubine do?
what, Why are the Old Poems popular?
The seventeenth-century critic Chen
Zuoming 東東東 gives an admiringly cogent
elucidation of the significance of “Nineteen
Old Poems,” which straddles the boundary
between poetics and hermeneutics:
between The reason why the Nineteen Poems are the
ultimate writings of all times is because they
manage to articulate the feelings shared by all
people. It is human nature to want to succeed
iin the world, and yet, how many people could
achieve success? [. . .] Success cannot
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