In a night a few weeks ago the writer of this post couldn’t sleep till the small hours and decided to spend the waking time on researching on what some Chinese poets had written about insomina. Below are a few of related poems (or parts of them):

張繼:「月落烏啼霜滿天, 江楓漁火對愁眠; 姑蘇城外寒山寺, 夜半鐘聲到客船。」

蘇軾:「……轉朱閣,低綺戶,照無眠……」

李商隱:「雲母屏風燭影深, 長河漸落曉星沉…… 」

杜甫:「……床頭屋漏無干處,雨腳如麻未斷絕。自經喪亂少睡眠,長夜沾濕何由徹!……」

韋應物:「懷君屬秋夜,散步詠涼天。空山松子落,幽人應未眠。」

張九齡:「自君之出矣,不復習理殘機。思君如滿月,夜夜減清輝。」

白居易:「……夕殿螢飛思悄然,孤燈挑盡未成眠。……」

溫庭筠:「玉爐香,紅蠟淚,偏照畫堂秋思。眉翠薄,鬢雲殘, 夜長衾枕寒。梧桐樹,三更雨, 不道離情正苦。一葉葉,一聲聲,空階滴到明。」