Green shirt
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《子衿》

- Last updated: 2024-03-22 16:09:44

Green shirt by Pre-Qin Poetry
中文原文

青青子衿,悠悠我心。

纵我不往,子宁不嗣音?

青青子佩,悠悠我思。

纵我不往,子宁不来?

挑兮达兮,在城阙兮。

一日不见,如三月兮!


English Translation

You wore the green shirt,

i was just captivated by your beauty.

Even if i haven't leered at you,

don't you know how much i love you?


You wore the green hairband,

i was just immersed in your tender.

Even if i haven't gone to see you,

won't you come to enjoy my view?


walk and stride,back and forth,

at gate tower,i just wanna encounter you.

A day without you

is like three years to me,fading away my mirth.

By Anonymous

· PreQuiet girl
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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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