History Setting of Poem Poem was popular during Jin Dynasty Brief period of unity of China during Jin Dynasty Jin later suffered from civil war- War of Eight Princes Capital and emperor captured
Background Story of Poem Cao Zhi was a prince who hated seeing his people fight each other in the civil war. To express his anger, he wrote this poem to let the people know that they all come from the same place. He wanted to tell them they shouldn’t be fighting and should find peace with each other.
English Translation Boil bean burn bean stalk Bean in pan in cry Actually from same root grow Mutual boil why so fast Boiling beans burns the beanstalk, Beans inside the pan cry: We're both grown from one root, Why so fast to boil each other?