The dynasties rise and fall in the fate
- Poetry of Nalan Xingde


- Last updated: 2024-03-24 15:36:31

The dynasties rise and fall in the fate by Nalan Xingde





English Translation

The dynasties rise and fall in the fate,

in the horns of warriors,

horse run here and there.

Who could i speak to in this forlorn battlefield?

only the west wind blows the maple trees.

There were too much sorrow in the past,

in the swords of warriors,

girls ran here and there.

Do you know how deeply i love you?

just like the rain drizzles in the mountain after twilight.

By Nalan Xingde

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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