When the moon fell
- Poetry of Jiang Kui


- Last updated: 2024-03-19 15:25:01

When the moon fell by Jiang Kui





English Translation

When the moon fell,i wandered on the riverside,

the shadows of trees were slant and small.

Who would know my sorrow in the spring?

cold wind brought your fragrance to my head.

Swans have gone,everything has changed.

Cute flowers,distant dreams,at the lonely growl

of the cuckoos,are you understanding

my love has turned blue blood and hued

into the leaves of bamboo?

By Jiang Kui

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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