Song of Divination-Ode to the Mume Blossom
- Poetry of Lu You


- Last updated: 2024-03-20 23:36:19

Song of Divination-Ode to the Mume Blossom by Lu You





English Translation

Beside the broken bridge and outside the post-hall,

A flower is blooming forlorn.

Saddened by her solitude at night-fall,

By wind and rain she's further torn.

Let other flowers their envy pour.

To Spring she lays no claim.

Fallen in mud and ground to dust,she seems no more,

But her fragrance is still the same.

Of all the flowers the patriotic poet loved best the mume blossom,about which he wrote more than one hundred poems,for he himself felt lonely like the flower,rejected by the capitulationists in power.

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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