THOUGHTS III
- Poetry of Zhang Jiuling

《感遇其三》

- Last updated: 2024-04-18 23:29:13

THOUGHTS III by Zhang Jiuling
中文原文

幽人归独卧,滞虑洗孤清。

持此谢高鸟,因之传远情。

日夕怀空意,人谁感至精?

飞沉理自隔,何所慰吾诚?


English Translation

The hermit in his lone abode

Nurses his thoughts cleansed of care,

Them he projects to the wild goose

For it to his distant Sovereign to bear.

Who will be moved by the sincerity

Of my vain day-and-night prayer?

What comfort is for my loyalty

When fliers and sinkers can compare?

Five-character-ancient-verse

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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