After played the swing
- Poetry of Li Qingzhao


- Last updated: 2024-03-20 23:39:21

After played the swing by Li Qingzhao





English Translation

After played the swing,

i went to wash my hand with rose petals.

Dew on the rose garden,

the sexy sweat drenched my thin shirt.

Heard someone coming,

ran off barefoot.

Lost my hairpin and socks,

on the gate toward the corridor,

i shyly smelt green plum,pretended i haven't seen that pretty boy.

By Li Qingzhao

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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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