How long can i not think of you
- Poetry of Zhang Xian


- Last updated: 2024-03-17 18:54:31

How long can i not think of you by Zhang Xian









English Translation

How long can i not think of you?

Nothing is more strong than love.

Sadness lets willow leaves drift in the rain,

your horse has gone far,

dust is still flying,

where could i hear your loving whispers again?

Two ducks play happily in the pond,

south and north are all the boat.

I lean on the attic where moonshine shines,

stay here i just think

it's better that i become the sakuras.

At least,sakuras can marry the east wind.

By Zhang Xian

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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