Silk-Washing Stream
- Poetry of Su Shi


- Last updated: 2023-12-18 09:11:17

Silk-Washing Stream by Su Shi





English Translation

Pressed by the breeze,over water the light clouds fly;

In pecking clods by poolside tower swallows vie.

I feel too weak to wear my gown,ill for so long.

I have not heard the message-bearing wild goose song;

Partridges among bamboos seem to call me home;

Only fallen blooms know the heart of those who roam.

This poet describes a frangvil scene and his homesickness.

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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