My inspiration for a Tang poem came from Liu Chang-ch’ing, a poet of the Middle Tang Dynasty. Eleven of his poems were collected in the popular anthology Three Hundred Tang Poems. Here are English translations of some of his poems. I was inspired by his poetry to write a Tang poem of my own.
smokey satin stones
there beyond the bamboo
light skates their polished bellies
their cool hardness tempts
chilly to the touch
though not from a rivulet
two go in a pocket for later reflection
Tang poems are often reveries on nature or beauty. Learn more about the rhyme and meter of Tang poetry and compose a Tang poem of your own.
Not into this style of poetry? Try writing a List Poem instead.