Hearing Squire Li Had Gone Fishing, I Sent Him This Poem
- Poetry of Yu Xuanji


- Last updated: 2024-05-25 13:45:51

Hearing Squire Li Had Gone Fishing, I Sent Him This Poem by Yu Xuanji



English Translation

No limit to the lotuses' fragrance

they match the color of your summer clothes

my darling, don't pole your boat

into places you can't get back from

I wish we could match the affection

of all those mandarin ducks

swimming around in pairs

close by your fishing rock.

Seven-character poem

· PreRiver Journey
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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