In the Army Camp, Climbing a Gate Tower
- Poetry of Luo Binwang

《在军登城楼城》

- Last updated: 2024-03-15 16:58:37

In the Army Camp, Climbing a Gate Tower by Luo Binwang
中文原文

城上风威冷,江中水气寒。

戎衣何日定,歌舞入长安。


English Translation

Atop the wall, the wind is strong and chill;

On the river, the water vapour's cold.

What day will these soldiers' uniforms

Singing and dancing enter Chang'an?

By Luo Binwang

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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