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Questions concerning the meaning, context, style, or composition of poetry, classical or modern.

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Please help me translate the poem on my dizia into english

can someone help me translate this poem? Tried google translate but it was a total mess
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临江仙 rhyming and translation of phrase

I was trying to learn more about the opening poem to Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and I found out about 词牌. Correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I understand, 临江仙 is a 词牌, because many poems share ...
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Chinese Verse: Is "Broaden One's Horizons" a Translation That Makes Sense?

Here's the verse in question, the last verse of a Chines language poem: "如再宽阔些便可知千里阵云怎么写了" My current translation: "If you broaden your horizons, you can learn how to write about vast ...
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Chinese Verse about Mountains and Water

I'm translating a collection of Chinese poems, and one of them opens with these three lines: "山水之间,是说不完的话 / 那山总是高于这山 / 那水又总是低于这水 ." My current translation goes like this: "When it comes ...
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Tricky Chinese Poetry Verse About Hotels And Celebrations

In a Chinese poem I'm working on, there's a tricky pair of lines I'm having trouble wrapping my head around: "在走之前迎春日为由的索菲亚酒店 在伟大的欢歌晚宴上,各自献出绝技 拿出月入十分之一的盈余营造一个盛况" My translation: "Before ...
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Chinese Poem Verses About Weapons, Advice, and Israel?

This is an excerpt from the end of a poem I'm working to translate: 以前之前 如风如迷的人与神 温润良言 亦如戈鋋铿锵然 让以色列都复了国 要我度过这长夜 又有何难 And this is my current translation draft. "Long, long ago/ Like the wind, or ...
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A Chinese Poetic About Understanding the Universe

These are some lines from a verse I was translating: 我傻楞着,不知说的是你 那么要读懂这宇宙, 就只须读懂一个人的眼睛 该是什么样的眼睛 My rough translation: "Being foolish, I don't get what you're saying, That those who seek to know ...
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A Chinese Poem About Weather, Crops...And Clipper Ships?

I've been trying to translate passages from a poem about weather and seasons. There's a particularly knotty passage below I'm trying to unravel: "至于雾水那是亟待被理解的事物 墙面和我的手臂是时间的快船" My rough ...
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Symbolism Of A Verse From A Chinese Poem

I'm trying to translate a poem with the title "Plum In The Basket". The subject matter of most of the poem revolves around eating plums and plum wine, but the opening line, key to ...
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Is there a word for Chinese songs that rhyme like Jay Chou's 迷迭香 and JJ Lin's 伟大的渺小?

Every single line in Jay Chou's song "Rosemary" ends with the "ao" sound: ni de zui jiao wei wei shang qiao xing gan de wu ke jiu yao xiang xiang bu dao ru ci xin tiao ni de ...
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What rhyme groups had "light" labial initials (輕唇音) such as 非 in the Yunjing (韻鏡)?

This page on "ChinaKnowledge" as well as Pulleyblank's Middle Chinese (published 1984, p.86) say that such rhymes were placed in grade 3 hekou (合口三等) in the standard rhyme tables. However ...
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Is this a valid riddle in Mandarin?

I came up with this 看图猜謎 based on Cantonese jyutping. Is it a valid riddle in Mandarin? 猜一句詩 (guess a verse in a poem) Answer:
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Which Qing Dynasty Poem/Prose is this?

From A Concise History of Chinese Literature by Yuming Luo, Chapter 18 (Poetry and Prose of the Qing Dynasty), pg. 836, I found this piece of poetry/prose. I don't know if that is the first line or if ...
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translation of text and seals on painting (Poet identified: Pu Ru 溥儒)

its been in the family since the 1950's, I asked a friend but he couldn't read it. also google translate was rubbish. friend said the calligraphy was to hard. added the very bottom bit
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this mughal jade cup, it's "瓜瓣瓢" or "瓜辨瓢"?

this week, the christie's have an auction of this jade cup: i suspected this one is the object of emperor 乾隆's poem 痕都斯坦玉羊頭瓜辨瓢歌 my question is: the poem title is 玉羊頭瓜辨瓢 is it an typo of 瓣? cause, in ...
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Ten obligations in 三字经

Here's the final excerpt from part one of 三字经 [1]: 父子恩 夫婦從 兄則友 弟則恭 長幼序 友與朋 君則敬 臣則忠 此十義 人所同 Simplified Chinese: 父子恩 夫妇从 兄则友 弟则恭 长幼序 友与朋 君则敬 臣则忠 此十义 人所同 Translation [2]: ...
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Chinese Poem Crossword Puzzle

Hiiiii Here is a crossword puzzle about Poems! 1: Do you love me? 2: Mid-autumn barbecue 3: Ching Ming so many rain 4: Ghosts come from rain, Emperors come from clouds 5: I want to beat west 6: Eight ...
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Tone 平仄 of the 5th character in a seven-character jueju 七絕

In writing regulated verses 近體詩, there's a saying "一三五不論,二四六分明。" (We don't care the tone 平仄 of the odd-numbered characters in each line, but we care about that of the even-numbered ones.) However, ...
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Meaning of 纷纷 (fēnfēn) referred to 雨 (yǔ)

In the famous poem "清明" by the Tang dynasty poet 杜牧 (Du Mu), rain 雨 is "纷纷". As reported by dictionaries, like https://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/dictionary.php , 纷 (fēn) means "numerous; confused; ...
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Does anyone know this Chinese poem?

My friend gave an English translation of this Chinese poem to me long time ago. It was a long poem and it was about two men, talking by the river and enjoying the moon. It contained a phrase, "Have ...
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木兰辞 original poem

I was trying to read the original 木兰辞 poem. But I found two versions of it on the internet. One line reads: 愿借明驼千里足,送儿还故乡。 In the other version it's: 愿驰千里足,送儿还故乡。 Which one is the original one? ...
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Names for forms of ancient poetry

I am preparing an edition of Sappho in Chinese, and need to mention the various meters she used, because it is according to meter that the fragments are arranged. Do ancient forms of poetry like "...
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How to interpret the oracle poem (諸葛武侯乩文)?

Again, referring to another thread, I made this question, and provided info as an answer. Have fun destruct character (拆字), or extrasensory perception (觸機) 😸 Here's a version of the oracle poem in ...
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What does this seal stamp on Chinese painting mean?

Is this seal the name of an artist or poet? How can I find him? [![enter image description here][1]][1] Is this translation okay? [![enter image description here][3]][3] Thank you for every answer....
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How would you interpret: "你的美如日; 你的智若猫头鹰"?

How do you interpret the phrase: "你的美如日; 你的智若猫头鹰" (Nǐ dì měi rú rì; nǐ de zhì ruò māotóuyīng in Mandarin)? I'm trying to say something like: "Your beauty is like the sun; your wisdom is like an owl's"...
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What rules are there for combining characters in couplets? (对联)

So I want to practice writing Chinese couplet poetry. I have been reading about the character count matching in each line, with parallel meanings, etc. However, my question is, are there limits to ...
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(Well-known) poem request: the wonder/beauty of nature/world/universe

I'm looking for any well-known poem that talks about the beauty or wonder of nature, the world or the universe. The beginning of《醉翁亭记》isn't a bad place to start. 环滁皆山也。其西南诸峰,林壑尤美,望之蔚然而深秀者,琅琊也。...
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How to identify rhymes in a Tang poem?

I was reading the following poem by Meng Haoran, whose translation is still troubling me. For a start I thought, I should identify the rhymes. 李氏园林卧疾 唐代:孟浩然 我爱陶家趣, 园林无俗情。 春雷百卉坼, 寒食四邻清。 伏枕嗟公干, ...
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Poem for Calligraphy Art

It maybe very dumb, stupid and unwise that I have an interest in learning to write Chinese calligraphy when I can't write more than hundred Chinese words, but still I always think Chinese calligraphy ...
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Poem "口占" by 區越

I've found this beautiful poem "口占" by 區越 (Ming dynasty) on the internets: 共酌小亭下 詩新酒倍濃 閑花爭兩岸 醉眼不朦朧 I wasn't able to find much information other that that it's from Ming dynasty... A good ...
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Pronunciation of Tang Dynasty Poetry

It was related to me that Tang Dynasty poetry is meant to be pronounced in the style of the Cantonese dialect. Is this correct, incorrect, or a subject of contention?
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Poetry that deals with wanting to be rescued?

I'm looking for some, mainstream, poetry that deals with wanting to be rescued. China Baike gave me: 黄鹤洞中仙 继重阳韵 拯救扶风活。逗引扶风耍。故遣扶风颠更狂。扶风马。家累扶风舍。业火扶风洒。云鹤扶风跨。这个扶风灵更灵,扶风马。真称扶风也。 蓦山溪 观公形貌,俊爽偏清秀。...
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What does 荠麦之茂,荠麦之有 in 《猗兰操》 mean? 韩愈《猗兰操》“荠麦之茂,荠麦之有”一句作何解释?

This question is about understanding a verse in a poem by Han Yu of the Tang dynasty. 请问韩愈《猗兰操》里“荠麦之茂,荠麦之有”一句作何解释? 此句下一句,即全诗末句,“君子之伤,君子之守”,“言君子居可伤之时,故君子有可见之操守”;那么“荠麦”的比喻,是否是说荠麦茂于雪霜之时,方见其坚强之节操? 《...
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Can someone please tell me what this poem means?

Can any one tell me the meaning of this picture?
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Did 李白 and 杜甫 popularize/standardize any 方言?

Two of the most well known Chinese poets ABC says: poet, second in fame only to Li Bai of Du Fu. Did either 杜甫 or 李白 popularize or standardize any sort of 方言 through their works? (Certainly not ...
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synonyms/phrases/poems related to: 情深恭敬少

ABC Proverbs 情深恭敬少 ,知己谈笑多 Lit [When] friendship [is] deep, formalities are few; [for] close confidants, chats [and] laughter are many. Fig Intimate friends don't stand on ceremony. What synonyms/...
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What distinguishes modern poetry from prose?

The infallible Wikipedia says of modern Chinese poetry: "Due to the special structure of Chinese writing and Chinese grammar, modern poetry, or free verse poetry, may seem like a simple short ...
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Tao Yuanming Poem

I am reading this poem by Tao Yuanming. 飲酒詩二十首之五 結盧在人境 而無車馬喧 問君何能爾 心遠地自偏 採菊東籬下 悠然見南山 山氣日夕佳 飛鳥相與還 此還有真意 欲辨已忘言 I have a general idea, because I found the translation below on Wikipedia. But ...
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Is Regulated Verse Used In Modern-Language Poetry?

According to The Infallible Wikipedia, most modern Chinese poetry (新诗) is metrically free and unrhymed, sometimes hard to distinguish from a short essay. Are rhyme or tonal schemes along the lines of ...
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Original Chinese version of the mango poem

I was reading an article about mango's cultural significance in modern Chinese history. It mentioned about the following poem which was translated from Chinese: Seeing that golden mango / Was as if ...
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"There was no attitude of poverty in his poetry" 絶無窮態

more Joseon dynasty classical Chinese. In the poetry he had written, in the end, there was no attitude of poverty. How was it he never became well-known? 其所爲詩絶無窮態。竟不振。何哉。 Does this make sense? Can ...
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Poems about parents love and care for children

I'm looking for poems about parents' love, concern, and caring of their children. I'm aware of 孟郊《游子吟》: “慈母手中线,游子身上衣。临行密密缝,意恐迟迟归。谁言寸草心,报得三春晖?” But that's heavy on the "repayment" aspect. I'm ...
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Dizi poem on my dizi flute please [closed]

Could someone please translate the text carved on my dizi? Please, thank you, with all my heart
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Simple poetry for beginners

Can somebody suggest any traditional (possibly simple!) poetry for beginners, something that could be easily learnt by heart, just to help memorization of pronunciation and practicing? Note that I'm ...
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Rhyme and tones

In rhymes, is only the sound of syllables concerned (see: Rhyming in modern Mandarin), or also the tone is somehow involved?
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What does 惟覺 mean here?

While lying in the hospital, I am thinking about 唐詩。 Particularly about this one: 多情卻似總無情,   惟覺樽前笑不成。   蠟燭有心還惜別,   替人垂淚到天明 I think I can more or less understand it, but I have no idea what 惟覺 ...
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What do the Symbols ◒ and ◓ Signify In Old Chinese Poetry Books?

I recently bought an old manual of how 詞 (classical lyric) are supposed to be "filled". The pages look like this: Naturally am curious about the meaning of the circle symbols next to each characters ...
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What does the phrase "足矣" mean?

I saw this phrase recently in a post online. The whole sentence is 人生得一知己足矣. I think 人生得一知己 means "getting a BFF(?) in one's life". (The only meaning of the word 知己 that I know of is BFF, but please ...
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Why Have Modern *duilian*'s become 成语+3 Random Characters?

I keep seeing parts of modern duilian's made of one 成语 + three random characters. Something like: 国泰民安 + 增财富 How did duilian evolve to this level?
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What is the Old Chinese Pronunciation for the Character 兮?

I recently bought the book ABC Etymological Dictionary of Old Chinese in an effort to get minimally smart about old phonology. But the #1 character I'm curious about, with regard to old poems, is 兮 - ...