Walking in the Countryside
- Poetry of Wang Anshi


- Last updated: 2024-04-11 16:29:04

Walking in the Countryside by Wang Anshi



English Translation

Tender mulberry leaves picked so clean green shade is sparse;

On reed beds silkworms grow into corpulent cocoons.

Casually I ask the villagers of local ways,

And why after all their hard labour they still go hungry.

By Wang Anshi

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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