Looking for poems about ungratefulness.

Found some recommendations on 百度知道 under the question: 关于自己忘恩负义的诗词; especially the poem《氓》- wondering what else is out there.

  • What poems are there about ungratefulness?
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    ctext.org might be useful - can search in 全唐詩 for phrases like "忘恩"? Or are you asking about bits of poems that achieved 成語 status? Jun 23, 2015 at 19:50

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This one about forgetting the help which you once relied on to succeed. More readings: 教育百科 奇摩知識

筌者所以在魚,得魚而忘筌;蹄者所以在兔,得兔而忘蹄;言者所以在意,得意而忘言。 《莊子·外物》

If you are interested in fable prose as well, 《中山狼傳》is a pretty good one. As a matter of fact, 《紅樓夢》once quotes 《中山狼傳》to describe ungratefulness. More readings: 詩詞網 百度百科 互動百科 奇摩知識


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    i've never seen that first quote be used in reference to ungratefulness - i thought it was a philosophical meditation concerning the relationship between words and ideas (i.e., words are mere tools to convey ideas ; these words can be discarded/forgotten once they've served their purpose). Can you provide an example of use where it implies "ungratefulness"? Jun 23, 2015 at 19:46
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    You are right, the very original meaning is not about ungratefulness. But the phrase 得魚忘筌 which is from this quote now mostly refer to ungratefulness. See the 教育部成語典 dict.idioms.moe.edu.tw/cgi-bin/cydic/… "亦用來比喻人在達到目的成功後就忘掉賴以成功的手段或憑藉物,有背義忘恩之意。"
    – leo4jc
    Jun 23, 2015 at 20:21
  • I had no idea it could be used that way! Thank you for the clarification. Jun 23, 2015 at 20:36

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