Ouyang Xiu was a self-taught polymath who became a successful statesman, historian and essayist as well as a poet.
He wrote both shi and ci poems, and was one of the pioneers of the latter as a vehicle for serious poetry. He cultivated an avuncular persona, giving himself the title of "The Old Drunkard". The following ten poems are a series describing the West Lake of Hangzhou, all written to the tune "Picking Mulberries". They are titled below by the first phrase of the first line. |
Each poem indexed below appears in characters, pinyin, and literal and literary English translation; alternatively, the English translations are collected on one page here.