I was looking for examples in Mandarin of poetic two-character words. What words have the following form...
Verb + Noun
...where the noun is something that occurs in nature?
The first examples that spring to mind for me are 赏月 and 踏青.
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Everything can be poetic, especially Chinese write all kinds of poems ...
乘风 乘風 Ride the Wind 破浪 破浪 Break the Eave 拈花 拈花 Touching Flower 采花 採花 Picking Flower 扑蝶 撲蝶 Catching Butterfly 看海 看海 Watch | Look | Admire the Sea 听涛 聽濤 Listen to the Wave 落花 落花 Flower Dropping 流水 流水 Flowing Water 开花 開花 Blossom 结果 結果 Have Fruit 煮海 煮海 Boil the Sea 焚天 焚天 Burn the Sky 毀天 毀天 Destroy the Sky 灭地 滅地 Destroy the Ground/Earth(crust)
追风 追風 Chasing the Wind 逐月 逐月 After the Moon 追星 追星 Chasing Star 逐日 逐日 After the Sun 摘星 摘星 Picking Star (as in Picking Flower) 采月 採月 Picking the Moon (as in Picking Flower) 奔月 奔月 Run to the Moon 赏月 賞月 Moon watching 观星 觀星 Star Gazing 观天 觀天 Sky Watching 登天 登天 Ascend to the Sky/Haven
修桥 修橋 Fixing Bridge 补路 補路 Repair Road 杀人 殺人 Killing People 放火 放火 Burning Houses 杀人放火金腰带 殺人放火金腰帶 修桥补路无尸骸 修橋補路無屍骸 Those who kill who burn Wear a golden belt Those who build who fix Have no remains (Die and body not found) 登顶 登頂 Ascend to Top(Mountain) 登极 登極 Ascend to Top(Thrown) 上台 上台 Get on Stage / Win a seat (Political) 落台 落台 Lost the seat/position (Political) 落幕 落幕 Closing/End (Performance/Situation) 画眉 畫眉 Put on make up (specific for eyebrow) 弄妆 弄妝 Put on make up 添妆 添壯 Put on make up
溶金 溶金 Melting Metal 生木 生木 Growing Wood 納水 納水 Absorbing Water 炼火 煉火 Refining Fire 归土 歸土 Returning to Earth 化阴 化陰 Digesting negative energy
骑虎 騎虎 Riding Tiger 骑鹤 騎鹤 Riding Crane
东进 東進 Enter/Move towards east 东来 東來 Come to the east (from west) 西去 西去 Go west 北上 北上 Go up north 南下 南下 Go down south 归西 歸西 Return west (also mean dying / death)
不长命 不長命 Don't live long 留千年 留千年 Remain for millennium
When we say
poetic, we offend associate the term with beautiful, romantic, relax, all the positive side of life.
However, a lot of famous Chinese poem has nothing to do with the above. They are good, excellent poem. Their wording are beautiful (詞藻幽美/華麗), but not the scene they describe. They present some dark reality in a poetic form. Following are two examples
朱門酒肉臭 朱门酒肉臭 路有凍死骨 路有冻死骨 (唐 杜甫) (唐 杜甫) 朱門 朱門 Red Door / Red Gate. In the past, only the wealthy can paint their door in red 酒肉 酒肉 Wine and meat / Food 臭 臭 Giving out rotten smell 路有 路有 On the road / On the side of the road / On the ground / On the floor 冻死 凍死 Die from coldness / Freeze to death 骨 骨 Bone / Dead Bodies Rotten food at wealthy door Frozen bodies on the floor (by Du Fu, Tang Dynasty)
怒髮衝冠 憑欄處 怒发冲冠 凭栏处 瀟瀟雨歇 抬望眼 潇潇雨歇 抬望眼 仰天長嘯 壯懷激烈 仰天长啸 壮怀激烈 三十功名 塵與土 三十功名 尘与土 八千里路 雲和月 八千里路 云和月 莫等閑 白了少年頭 空悲切 莫等闲 白了少年头 空悲切 靖康恥 猶未雪 靖康耻 犹未雪 臣子恨 何時滅 臣子恨 何时灭 駕長車 踏破賀蘭山缺 驾长车 踏破贺兰山缺 壯志飢餐 胡虜肉 壮志饥餐 胡虏肉 笑談渴飲 匈奴血 笑谈渴饮 匈奴血 待從頭 收拾舊山河 朝天闕 待从头 收十旧山河 朝天阙 (宋 岳飛) (宋 岳飞)
There is an extremely good translation here. I cannot beat that.
Previously included, but removed after review (Thanks NS.X for pointing out)
朝花 朝花 Morning Flower | Blossoming in the Morning 夕拾 夕拾 Picking Flower in Evening
The two do not meet OP required Verb+Noun formation, not even in reverse order. (I have to read like 6 times to realize it >.< )
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