Pavilion of Xie Tiao
- Poetry of Li Bai (Li Po)


- Last updated: 2024-03-24 16:44:25

Pavilion of Xie Tiao by Li Bai (Li Po)





English Translation

Where the two poets parted,

The scene seems brokenhearted.

The moon's left in the sky;

The stream flows with deep sigh.

The pool reflects sunlight;

Bamboos shiver at night.

The present like the past;

Long, long will friendship last.

Xie Tiao ( 464-499 ) was a poet who parted with another poet at Xuancheng and built a pavilion there. Disfavored, he was put in jail and died in prison. Disgraced, Li Bai came to the pavilion and sighed for Xie's misfortune.

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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