Song of the South · Thousands Upon Thousands of Hate
- Poetry of Xin Qiji

Song of the South · Thousands Upon Thousands of Hate by Xin Qiji







English Translation

Thousands upon thousands of hate, in front and behind all mountains.

Those by the side say my sedan chair is spacious.

Does not say being sheltered by it, [makes it] difficult to look out to him.

Tonight the river head lined with trees, the boat will be moored over there.

Who knows when he will fall asleep in this heat?

Should he absolutely not be able to sleep, who is to fan him?

Song of the South is originally a song title from the Tang Dynasty musical houses, later a category/genre(?) of poetry/song that follows a particular tune.

The lyrics/poem composed by Song Dynasty poet Xin Qi Ji, speaks from a female’s point of view, vividly depicting a woman who is foolishly in love, longing for her lover.

This woman is deprived of the right to publicly bid her lover farewell, only able to hide within her sedan, quietly watching her sweetheart leave afar, perhaps the man does not even know she is there, yet she is still ever so passionately devoted, worried whether he can sleep well in the summer heat, leaving us with this ending line that holds the richest of feelings.

- Last updated: 2024-07-02 17:25:12
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