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The Best Adventure Poems: 'Hard Is the Journey'

May 15, 2012
Outside
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Ice bars my way to cross
the Yellow River,

Snows from dark skies to climb
the T'ai-hang mountains!
—Li Po

Li Po, who lived and worked in the 8th century, was one of the greatest classical Chinese poets. “Hard Is the Journey” varies somewhat based on the English translation, but the gist is the same. The narrator lives a life of riches, but yearns to toss aside his worldly goods and seek adventure. The poem ends with him imagining himself crossing the “blue oceans.” He could be any one of us today, stuck in a cubicle, daydreaming about the adventures we want to have.

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