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!”
(1) First Day Cover in large size (214 mm × 152 mm): NT$3 apiece (2) Folder (with or without mount): NT$8 apiece (3) Loose-leaf album page: NT$8 apiece (4) Maximum cards: NT$40 a set (5) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one NT$6-denominated stamp: NT$9 apiece (6) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with a complete set of stamps: NT$41 apiece
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