Poetry on History
Poetry on history refers to poems written to convey a poet’s sentiments by reflecting on historical events or historical figures. A poem on history touched on historical events and expressed the poet’s historical insight as well as his emotional attachment to history. Such poems recounted, relived, revived, interpreted, or chanted about history. Some poets used historical figures or events as titles for such poems.
Poems on history are written when poets see historical sites that take their minds to the past. In these poems, poets reflect on the rise and fall of past dynasties as well as the wisdom and folly of historical figures. (Fang Hui: The Best Regulated Poems of the Tang and Song Dynasties)