dedalus Posted July 9, 2013 Share Posted July 9, 2013 7-character, regular verse: 清秋幕府井梧寒， 獨宿江城蠟炬殘。 永夜角聲悲自語， 中天月色好誰看？ 風塵荏苒音書絕， 關塞蕭條行陸難。 已忍伶俜十年事， 強移棲息一枝安。 Clear and cold is this autumn night with parasol trees in the courtyard. Alone in this river town, I watch the flame of a guttering candle. From the dark outside comes the plaintive note of a bugle, and though the moon is in mid-heaven, is there no-one to share with me? My messengers are scattered amid clouds of rain and sand and the city gates are closed to the traveller: high mountains are walls in my way. I, who have borne the last ten years of pitiable existence, find here a perch, a little branch, I feel safe for the night. (a non-precise rather cavalier translation which needs an extra line co contain the limpid Chinese, but the essence is there.) Du Fu, 712-770 Quote Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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