Farewell to Du Fu at Stone Gate
- Poetry of Li Bai (Li Po)


- Last updated: 2024-03-20 14:59:37

Farewell to Du Fu at Stone Gate by Li Bai (Li Po)





English Translation

Before we part we've drunk for many days

And visit'd all the scenic spots and bays.

When at the Gate of Stone shall we meet and drain

Our brimming golden cups of wine again?

The autumn waves of River Si still flow;

The seaside mountains stand in morning glow.

You'll go away as thistledown will fly,

So let us fill our cups and drink them dry.

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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