By Julia Alvarez

The works of this award-winning poet and novelist are wealthy with the language and impacts of 2 cultures: these of the Dominican Republic of her youth and the the United States of her formative years and maturity. they've got formed her writing simply as they've got formed her existence. In those seventy-five autobiographical poems, Alvarez's transparent voice sings out in each line. the following, in the course of her existence, she appears again as a fashion of knowing and celebrating the lady she has develop into.

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10 TRUE LEAD ARISES IN WATER; ITS FUNCTION IS IN THE PALACE OF FIRE: TURNING BLACK TO RED, FOG IS THICK IN THE CRUCIBLE. The preceding section says the scenery is inherent in the home garden; nevertheless, though it is inherent, it is not at your command without thoroughgoing work. Because the lead of real knowledge is sunken into yin, it is symbolised by the water trigram , yin outside and yang inside, yang enclosed by yin, acquired influences covering up the inherent sane energy so that the sane energy cannot get out by itself.

See the physical body as something temporary and artificial, And naturally there will be a way to seek the real body. 8 Do not be afraid of hard work. With strength of mind, one will be able to climb to the summit; If you are afraid of hardship, you will never enter the real. 9 Tolerate ignominy and endure dishonour. Tolerate ignominy, and though lowly you cannot be surpassed; Endure dishonour, and through yielding you can be strong. 10 Forgive people and defer to others. It is essential to humble oneself and honour others; Equanimous deference is a good method.

Students should investigate the reality and not destroy the meaning by taking the words literally. 20 WHEN HUSBAND AND WIFE MATE, CLOUDS AND RAIN FORM IN THE SECRET ROOM. IN A YEAR THEY GIVE BIRTH TO A CHILD, AND EACH RIDES ON A CRANE. The foregoing sections told of the medicines, the firing process and the power of practise, in each case using similes from alchemy. The author feared that students would not understand the profound subtlety therein and would mistakenly enter the circuitous routes of auxiliary methods, so he added this section, using the ordinary relationship of man and woman, husband and wife, which is obvious and easy to see, as a metaphor to instruct people.

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