Song of a Woman of Ba
- Poetry of Li Bai (Li Po)

《巴女词》

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Song of a Woman of Ba by Li Bai (Li Po)
中文原文

巴水急如箭,巴船去若飞。

十月三千里,郎行几岁归。


English Translation

The River fast like arrow flows,

Your boat as if on wings swift goes.

Ten months, a thousand miles away,

When will you come back? On what day?

By Li Bai (Li Po)

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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