Memorial Stone for Xu Zhimo, King's College, Cambridge


Since 2008 a carved stone placed behind the bridge in King’s College, Cambridge, has displayed the first and last lines of a famous Chinese poem by Xu Zhimo.

Zhimo was briefly a literature researcher at King’s College, Cambridge (1921-22) after reading economics and politics in Beijing, New York and London. He admired then-recent English poets especially Thomas Hardy (visiting Hardy’s Dorset home in 1925), and rewrote some of their poetry in Chinese, as well as his originals including a first poem about leaving Cambridge in 1922, but the famous second one was dated 6th November 1928 after revisiting Cambridge on a tour. In 1931 he died in a plane crash and his poem entered the curricula of many of China’s schools.

Photograph is supplied as an archival ink print on Japanese paper

Image size 20 cms x 20 cms

Floated in black wood frame (included in price)

Edition of 20

Signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity is supplied with the print

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