The song in the later Spring
- Poetry of Liu Yuxi

《和乐天春词》

- Last updated: 2024-03-16 15:21:43

The song in the later Spring by Liu Yuxi
中文原文

新妆宜面下朱楼,深锁春光一院愁。

行到中庭数花朵,蜻蜓飞上玉搔头。


English Translation

Decorating as a princess,

the spring is locked in my little hut.

Hundreds of tulips bloom under my feet,

over my head,lonely stars and dragonflies.

By Liu Yuxi

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.
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