The title of the novel and many chapter titles came from poetry. Those chapters are listed. The origin of the title can be found on each chapter's page. All relevant pages are tagged Category: Poetry as Titles.
In Book 1
The title of the novel, Chang Xiang Si, is the name of two poems by Li Bai.
Eleven chapter titles are from poetry: two from the Nineteen Old Poems collected during the Han Dynasty, four from the Classic of Poetry, and five from Song Dynasty poems.
Nineteen Old Poems, collected in the Han Dynasty:
Classic of Poetry, oldest collection of poems:
Song Dynasty poems:
While the chapter titles that use Classic of Poetry describe a range of topics, chapter titles from the Song Dynasty poems all deal with separation and longing.
In Book 2
The Chinese subtitle of Book 2 is the name of the poem A Recital of a True Heart by Ouyang Xiu.
Unlike Book 1, Book 2's poetry chapter titles come from many periods in Chinese history.
- Book 2 Chapter 2 - Qing Dynasty
- Book 2 Chapter 6 - Three Kingdoms Period
- Book 2 Chapter 8 - Tang Dynasty (Li Bai)
- Book 2 Chapter 10 - Tang Dynasty
- Book 2 Chapter 11 - Tang Dynasty
- Book 2 Chapter 13 - Han Dynasty (Nineteen Old Poems)
- Book 2 Chapter 14 - Song Dynasty
- Book 2 Chapter 15 - Jurchen Jin Dynasty, which co-existed with Southern Song
- Book 2 Chapter 16 - Song Dynasty