Wagon flies
- Poetry of Fan Chengda

《车遥遥篇》

- Last updated: 2024-03-19 15:22:11

Wagon flies by Fan Chengda
中文原文

车遥遥,马憧憧。

君游东山东复东,安得奋飞逐西风。

愿我如星君如月,夜夜流光相皎洁。

月暂晦,星常明。

留明待月复,三五共盈盈。


English Translation

Wagon flies,horse runs,

you ride the autumn to go the east of Eden.

May i will be stars and you'll be the moon,

every night we shared the shine of the happiness.

Moon will wane,but not the stars

I'll always wait for your full beauty day by day.

Fan Chengda: 范成大(AD1126-1293),he's a poet in Song dynasty,he's good at writing the natural poems,surely,he also will write some love poems.His love poems is like the folk music,very simple and beautiful.

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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