Yingchun yue
- Poetry of Liu Yong


- Last updated: 2024-06-27 14:39:59

Yingchun yue by Liu Yong








English Translation

People are shocked that I recently look like a wreck.

It’s because I have missed you so awfully since we parted.

From some earlier life of mine

I owe you a debt of misery.

Suffering so, and unable to get free.

As the fine night lasts on,

I have no way to keep from thoughts of love.

Within the brocade covers your lingering scent still stays.

How can I ever in lamplight as before

dote on your charming shape as much as I please?

By Liu Yong

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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