Cold sheet
- Poetry of Li Qingzhao


- Last updated: 2024-04-06 19:41:07

Cold sheet by Li Qingzhao







English Translation

Cold sheet,withered lotus flowers,

i lightly put off my shirt,

lonely step in the boat.

Who will send the love letters to me from the cloud?

When the wild geese return,

only moon rises from the Western Attic.

Flowers will fade,waters will flow,

we have the one yearning but weeps at two places.

Baby,could you tell me

how i should get rid of this sweetest love?

I put the pain of yearning down for a while,

but it spreads in my heart again like it never will be healed.

This lyric:depicts the loneliness of the poetess longing for messages from her husband who was far away.

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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