The Crows Crying at Night
- Poetry of Li Bai (Li Po)


- Last updated: 2024-03-20 14:43:03

The Crows Crying at Night by Li Bai (Li Po)




English Translation

Neath yellow clouds the crows fly home by city wall,

They caw amid the leaves in tree tops at nightfall.

The wife of Western Plain weaves brocade at her loom,

Behind the misty screen she murmurs-but to whom?

She stops her shuttle,thinking of him far away,

And weeps,so lonely in her bower night and 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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