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Wang Wei – 王维 (王維) — Some more poems…

15 janvier 2010
Pardon me, please, my dear Love, for insisting on this way, choosing some others poems from same book, but this is not to tease you, this is to communicate some indirect message — your are, yourself, very good on that, with your sibylline style and characters. You see, this little book contain 136 poems, and I will not copy each one of them.

I see this gentleman evolved to become mystical and finished almost as a Buddhist monk. I find this already very interesting. I see some kind of salvation in this, in analogy with my fate : it is because with poetical heart, even if you cease one day to Love me, I would not in vain have learned anew to love God, and God loves me : this is a definite gain. Isn’t it ?


6. MAGNOLIA HERMITAGE

The autumn hills hoard scarlet from the setting sun.
Flying birds chase their mates,
Now and then parches of blue sky break clear…
Tonight the evening mists find nowhere to gather.


17. MY HERMITAGE IN THE BAMBOO GROVE

Deep in the bamboo grove, sitting alone,
I trum my lute as I whistle a tune.
No one knows I am in this thicket
Save the bright moon looking down on me.


22. LONGING FOR LOVE

Love seed grow in the South
Budding in spring on every bough.
My friend, gather them recklessly !
They bring me love’s fondest memories.


43. A POEM TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WRITTEN FROM THE MOUNTAIN

Hidden on this mountain, many Buddhist monks
Chant sutras, meditate together ;
Men on distant city walls gazing towards the peaks
See only white, enshrouding clouds.


52. ON THE NINTH-DAY-OF-THE-NINTH-MOON FESTIVAL I LONG TO SEE MY BROTHERS

I am a stranger in a strange land.
On every annual festival, I doubly long for my homefolk.
I think of my far-away brothers climbing the mountains ;
Surely they will miss me when they pin on sprigs of dogwood !


53. TWO SONGS OF AN AUTUMN LONGING

I

The cold breeze through the pearl-curtained chamber, stirring my thin garments.
I hear faintly in the depths of night, the drop, drop, drop, of the jade water-clock.
The moon has ferried the Heavenly River ; mists of morning pale her waning light.
Roused from sleep, birds flutter the leaves in the trees.

II

On the Pool of Sublimity near the palace, white ruffles the blue water.
Gradually summer heat fades and tang of autumn sharpens the air.
During the night a light breeze tips up the leaves of the duckweed
And across the pond, dew-pearls flutter and whirl on the lotus leaves.
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  1. LEAVES permalink
    15 janvier 2010 1 h 47 min

    Oh, I am just puzzled about these poems,because when they are translated I can\’t recognized them. What does poem mean?it must include Cheracter ,words,and rhyme ,color,and some meaning that behind or under the word and cheracter.only when reader have a enough knowledge structure about Chieses literatuer and culture ,it can be understand .When ancient Chinses poem are translate ,I think it have been not original peom ,it have just become the translater\’s poem! 面目全非,惨不忍读!But ,any way, You like that ,so just read that ,but dont tell me that is poem wrote by Wang Wei…..Here I copy a translation about Li Yu\’s poem wich I citation in my blog,I think all the enotion and rhyme has lost ,but remain some very simple meaning: 春花秋月何时了,往事知多少:Spring flowers and autumn moon–when will they be ended? How many past events can we tell? B

  2. 15 janvier 2010 9 h 42 min

    Thank you for letting me know I can not understand. But I wonder : when Arabs felt badly in love with their own language, this became fanatical and gave birth to the Koran. Then, the Conquest, they call Jihad, and they are to be restless until they attain their goal : an entirely Islamized planet. You know we have to oppose that.But does this love for Chinese language can brought similar risks, of going into fanaticism, and convey the will to rise to hegemonic domination ? Defensive nationalism, which is normally okay, can grow bigger into offensive nationalism, becoming oppressive to other nationalities. (And if not, by some kind of subtle cultural superiority, this will impose quietly : what will look like this Earth in two or three centuries ? I am curious about science-fiction you now have in China.)We know this part all too well here, in Northern America, with memory of Indian genocides. Also, my own people, French Canadian, being entangled by force with the fate of the British Empire, just because France wouldn\’t care to defend this underestimated land. Do we have to fear a Chinese rule over this little planet ? Is it even possible to discuss this opinion ? But you will tell me I politicize everything excessively.Okay, then, just watch and lets see what will happen. In thinking, I am more future oriented than longing for the past. Emotion of a demoted emperor, crying upon his lost Empire does not attract passion from me. All sadness in the world can be felt from a petal falling.

  3. LEAVES permalink
    15 janvier 2010 11 h 40 min

    Yes ,you are right . For me ,history and culture ,and literatuer of every country ,western or eastern ,all of them are the wealth of the world ,any way ,even weastern and eastern can\’t understand each other very well but the can know each other ,because the difference ,so this word is rich and beautiful ,not boring ,diverse culture make a wouderful world. I just think if you like Chinese literatuer, You would be better learn Chinese language ,particulary learn Chinese Charecter. 汉字。it is the same ,for Chinese ,if want to understand western culture very well ,they have to learn foreign language ,can\’t only through reading translated book.

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