Song of a Southern Country-Reflections on Ascending the Tower on the Norther Hill at Jingkou
- Poetry of Xin Qiji


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Song of a Southern Country-Reflections on Ascending the Tower on the Norther Hill at Jingkou by Xin Qiji







English Translation

Where is the Central Plain?

I gaze beyond the Northern Tower in vain.

It has seen dynasties fall and rise 

As time flies

Or as the endless River rolls before my eyes.

While young.Sun had ten thousand men at his command,

Steeled in battles,he defend'd the southeastern land.

Among his equals in the world,who were heroes true 

But Cao and Liu?

And even Cao would have a son like Sun Zhong-mou.

This is another lyric written by the old govemor of Jingkou who ascended the Northern Tower overlooking the Yangtze River and gazed from afar on the lost Central Plain beyond the Northern shore.

Sun(Sun Quan or Sun Zhong-mou).Cao(CaoCao)and Liu (Liu Bei)were three kings of the Three-Kingdom Period(220-280).

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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