I remember meeting you
- Poetry of Su Shi


- Last updated: 2024-03-23 17:15:44

I remember meeting you by Su Shi









English Translation

I remember meeting you behind the Painting Screen,

dreams rise lightly from my heart.

On the road you left,

the swallows come and go,

how much spring wind could i catch?

At that day you met me,you lowered your head

and brushed against me by chance.

You looked so beautiful.

Today i'm too shy to tell how i feel about you,

in front of people,just let me keep pretending to be playboy.

By Su Shi

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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