I haven't know what love tastes like
- Poetry of Tang Xianzu


- Last updated: 2024-03-15 17:30:10

I haven't know what love tastes like by Tang Xianzu





English Translation

I haven't know what love tastes like,

the dream of missing you has disillusioned.

A sad spring in my heart,

who could solace me?

Pain accumulates,thin shirt,

i flip my tears in the rose garden.

your beauty i don't know how to paint,

just slowly sink into the obsession to you.

Tang Xianzu:汤显祖(AD1550-1616),the author of love play "The peony pavilion"( 《 牡 丹 亭 》 ),it's a poem from this play.Xianzu is a great playwriter in China,he was known as Chinese Shakespeare.

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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