The mistake in love
- Poetry of Cao Xueqin


- Last updated: 2024-03-22 20:47:39

The mistake in love by Cao Xueqin





English Translation

They said she and i are the best lovers,

but i just yearned for that frail girl.

Played with her every night,but my heart only opened for her.

now i finally found that everything is imperfect,

even i had a beautiful wife,she is still the only one twinkles my soul.

The mistake in love: 终 身误 ,it's also a poem from"Dream of the Red Chamber".Lin Daiyu died soon for yearning Jia Baoyu,So Jia's parents let he get married with a rich girl Xue Baochai(薛宝钗).Xue is a beautiful and clever wife,but in Jia Baoyu's heart,he only falls in love with Lin Daiyu even Lin had died.So he wrote this poem to confess his love and yearning to the dead first lover-Lin Daiyu

Why Chinese poems is so special?
The most distinctive features of Chinese poetry are: concision- many poems are only four lines, and few are much longer than eight; ambiguity- number, tense and parts of speech are often undetermined, creating particularly rich interpretative possibilities; and structure- most poems follow quite strict formal patterns which have beauty in themselves as well as highlighting meaningful contrasts.
How to read a Chinese poem?
Like an English poem, but more so. Everything is there for a reason, so try to find that reason. Think about all the possible connotations, and be aware of the different possibilities of number and tense. Look for contrasts: within lines, between the lines of each couplet and between successive couplets. Above all, don't worry about what the poet meant- find your meaning.

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