The Double Ninth Festival Delayed by Rain
- Poetry of Yu Xuanji


- Last updated: 2024-05-28 15:35:41

The Double Ninth Festival Delayed by Rain by Yu Xuanji



English Translation

The courtyard is full of yellow chrysanthemums

all broken and drooping along the hedge

two flowers, hibiscus and image,

gape at each other's reflections

I put my hat back on the table—

no going out in this wind and rain

and I'm too tipsy to recall where

I put down my golden cup.

Seven-character poem

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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