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I'm looking for any well-known poem that talks about the beauty or wonder of nature, the world or the universe.

The beginning of《醉翁亭记》isn't a bad place to start.

环滁皆山也。其西南诸峰,林壑尤美,望之蔚然而深秀者,琅琊也。山行六七里,渐闻水声潺潺而泻出于两峰之间者,酿泉也。峰回路转,有亭翼然临于泉上者,醉翁亭也。作亭者谁?

I just fear that the whole 醉翁 part will detract from the allure of the natural world.

Any suggestions would be helpful, certainly as I don't have much of a grasp of what or wouldn't be "well-known."

  • Chinese poems are full of depictions of the beauty of nature – Tang Ho Dec 25 '17 at 14:19
  • this is a prose rather than a poem. conventionally, an author will express his thoughts behind the beautiful nature they describe. – Huang Dec 27 '17 at 3:01
  • Prose works for me too – user3306356 Dec 27 '17 at 3:03
  • @user3306356 there is a school of poem called 山水田园诗. Famous poets include 王维 谢灵运 陶渊明 孟浩然 – Huang Dec 27 '17 at 3:12
  • @Huang Feel free to leave an answer with anything specific that is considered "well known." – user3306356 Dec 27 '17 at 3:15
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Hope you'll enjoy this one:

独怜幽草涧边生,上有黄鹂深树鸣。
春潮带雨晚来急,野渡无人舟自横。

This well-known poem was written by 韦应物 in 唐 Dynasty, with the title of 滁州西涧 (the west ravine of 滁 prefecture).

By the way, I think it suits 《醉翁亭记》 well, because both places described by them are located in modern 滁州 city in 安徽 province.

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Just an FYI, this is more of a diary of traveling rather than a poem. The poem follows certain rhyme. You can try "唐诗三百首" if you would like to learn the poem. Below would be a good example

唐诗三百首

江雪

唐代:柳宗元

千山鸟飞绝,万径人踪灭。
孤舟蓑笠翁,独钓寒江雪  

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