Remembering Strong Emotions
- Poetry of Yu Xuanji


- Last updated: 2024-05-29 15:19:11

Remembering Strong Emotions by Yu Xuanji







English Translation

I find myself full of hate

for this vermilion lute

when I know perfectly well

how much I ought to love it

remembering clouds and rain—

our passionate affair

I shouldn't be stirring up

those lost perfumes

gifted disciples—

brilliant plums and peaches

nothing should hurt the career

of such an eminent scholar

dark green pines

vast and hazy laurels

admiration coming in

from people all over the world

the moonlight colors the moss

on the clear steps of the terrace

sound of a voice that's singing

deep in a bamboo courtyard

red leaves all over the ground

and heaped against the door

not to be cleared away

until he comes to visit.

Five-character poem

· PreEarly Autumn
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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