Buddhist Dancers-Written on the Wall at Zaokou,Jiangxi
- Poetry of Xin Qiji


- Last updated: 2024-03-23 10:32:20

Buddhist Dancers-Written on the Wall at Zaokou,Jiangxi by Xin Qiji





English Translation

Below the Gloomy Terrace flow two rivers clear,

The tears of refugees were shed when they were here!

I gaze afar on land long lost in the northwest,

Alas!I see but hill on hill and crest on crest.

But blue hills can't stop water flowing,

Eastward the river keeps on going.

At dusk the river grieves me still,

The partridges call in the hill.

in 1129,the Jurcheh invaders drove southwerd as far as Zaokou. Jiangxi,and massacred many refugees near the Gloomy Terrace in Ganzhou where united Rivers Zhang and Gong.In 1176,the poet passing by Zaokou was grieved at the sight of the tearful river and at the call of the partridge which seemed to say in Chinese:"Why not go home?"

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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.
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