桃花源记

《桃花源记》

晋太元中,武陵人,捕鱼为业,缘溪行,忘路之远近,忽逢桃花林。夹岸数百步,中无杂树,芳草鲜美,落英缤纷。渔人甚异之。复前行,欲穷其林。林尽水源,便得一山。山有小口,彷佛若有光。便舍船,从口入。
初极狭,才通人;复行数十步,豁然开朗。土地平旷,屋舍俨然。有良田美池桑竹之属,阡陌交通,鸡犬相闻。其中往来种作,男女衣著,悉如外人;黄发垂髫,并怡然自乐。见渔人,乃大惊,问所从来,具答之。便要还家,设酒杀鸡作食。村中闻有此人,咸来问讯。自云先世避秦时乱,率妻子邑人来此绝境,不复出焉;遂与外人间隔。问今是何世,乃不知有汉,无论魏晋。此人一一为具言所闻,皆叹惋。余人各复延至其家,皆出酒食。停数日,辞去。此中人语云:“不足为外人道也。”
既出,得其船,便扶向路,处处志之。及郡下,诣太守,说如此。太守即遣人随其往,寻向所志,遂迷不复得路。南阳刘子骥,高尚士也,闻之,欣然规往。未果,寻病终。后遂无问津者。

The story of how a fisherman, having lost his way, stumbled upon a paradise where people lived a simple life, were happy and at one with nature. They were descendants of refugees who fled from the wars of the Qin era. 

After days of basking in the people’s hospitality, the fisherman finally left for home. He reported to the mayor about it. Who then sent men to search for this paradise, but to no avail. Later on, a nobleman attempted to look for it,  but didn’t succeed and passed away en route   

 

背景简介 

陶渊明(365~427),晋宋时期诗人、辞赋家、散文家。一名潜,字元亮,私谥靖节。浔阳柴桑(今江西九江西南)人。陶诗沿袭魏晋诗歌的古朴作风而进入更纯熟的境地,像一座里程碑标志着古朴的歌诗所能达到的高度。陶渊明又是一位创新的先锋。他成功地将“自然”提升为一种美的至境;将玄言诗注疏老庄所表达的玄理,改为日常生活中的哲理;使诗歌与日常生活相结合,并开创了田园诗这种新的题材。
《桃花源记》的故事和其他仙境故事有相似之处,描写了一个美好的世外仙界。不过应当强调的是,陶渊明所提供的理想模式有其特殊之处:在那里生活着的其实是普普通通的人,一群避难的人,而不是神仙,只是比世人多保留了天性的真淳而已;他们的和平、宁静、幸福,都是通过自己的劳动取得的。古代的许多仙话,描绘的是长生和财宝,桃花源里既没有长生也没有财宝,只有一片农耕的景象。陶渊明归隐之初想到的还只是个人的进退清浊,写《桃花源记》时已经不限于个人,而想到整个社会的出路和广大人民的幸福。陶渊明迈出这一步与多年的躬耕和贫困的生活体验有关。虽然桃花源只是空想,但能提出这个空想是十分可贵的。

Moral of the story: happiness comes from leading a simple life. Not hankering after riches,power, or immortality. 

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