Royal Crown Derby has produced a special bone china plate decorated with quotes from Xu Zhimo's poem 'Saying Good-bye to Cambridge Again'. The plate was made for King's College and places the first and last two lines of the poem in an evocative, cloud-like design with hand-applied 22 carat gold borders.
The plate has been issued in a limited edition of 300 pieces with special backstamp and numbered certificate. It costs £95 and is available from The Shop at King's, King's Parade, Cambridge (01223 769342; ).
The Chinese poet Xu Zhimo (1897-1931) was a research student at King’s 1921-2. He discovered the English romantic poets like Keats and Shelley and took their influence to China. There he helped develop modern Chinese poetry. He revisited Cambridge in 1928 and wrote 'Saying Good-bye to Cambridge Again', one of the most famous poems in China. A white stone with the first and last two lines from the poem lies near the bridge at King's.
Saying Good-bye to Cambridge Again
Very quietly I take my leave,