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Classical Chinese Poetry Stamps (Issue of 2019)

Classical Chinese Poetry Stamps (Issue of 2019)
To promote understanding of Chinese classical literature, Chunghwa Post issued a set of stamps on classical poetry on July 6, 2018. It is now following up with a set of four stamps on poems featuring the four seasons that use quatrains with seven-character lines: Bai Juyi's “Spring Wind,” Fan Chengda's “Summer Fun on the Farm,” Du Mu's “An Autumn Evening,” and Zheng Banqiao's “After Snowfall in the Mountains.” The poems follow:
1. “Spring Wind,” Bai Juyi (NT$6): “When spring wind blows, plums bloom first in the palace garden / Cherries, apricots, peaches and pears then follow one after another / In villages water chestnuts and elms join in as if to say: / The spring wind has come for us too.”
2. “Summer Fun on the Farm,” Fan Chengda (NT$8): “Weeding the fields during the day, twisting linen at night / The men and women of the village each have their own jobs to do / Although children don't know yet how to plow or weave / Even they are learning how to plant gourds.”
3. “An Autumn Evening,” Du Mu (NT$9): “A candle flickers against a painted screen on a cool autumn night / She flicks her small silk fan at darting fireflies / The sky arches darkly above as frigid as deep water / As she sits gazing upon the cowherd and weaver girl in the sky.”
4. “After Snowfall in the Mountains,” Zheng Banqiao (NT$15): “Opening the door in the morning reveals the hills covered in snow / And the cool sunlight filtering through light morning clouds / The snow remains piled on the eaves and the plum blossoms frozen / What a cold and weirdly forsaken ambiance!”

The stamps were illustrated by Shen Cheen, designed by Delta Design Corporation and printed by China Color Printing Co., Ltd. in color offset. A first-day cover, folders with and without crystal mounts, a loose-leaf album page and maximum cards will be released along with the stamps and will go on sale on June 10, 2019. A pre-cancelled FDC with a NT$6 stamp or the full set of stamps will go on sale on June 12, the stamps' date of issuance.

To purchase the relative philatelic products, please go directly to the post office branches, or order on line at https://stamp.post.gov.tw.
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