Climbing Xie Tiao's North Tower in Xuancheng in Autumn


 
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Climbing Xie Tiao's North Tower in Xuancheng in Autumn
Li Bai 701-762

This river town looks like a painting
Mountains at dusk against a clear sky
Two rivers frame an unblemished mirror
Twin bridges form a rainbow
Kitchen smoke and winter oranges
Fall colors and leafless paulownias
Who thinks of climbing North Tower 
Of facing the wind and remembering Xie Tiao
 
Qiū Dēng Xuānchéng Xiè Tiào Běi Lóu
Lǐ Bái 701-762
Jiāngchéng rú huà lǐ,
Shān xiǎo wàng qíng kōng.
Liǎng shuǐ jiā míng jìng,
Shuāng qiáo luò cǎihóng.
Rén yān hán jú yòu,
Qiū sè lǎo wútóng.
Shuí niàn Běilóu shàng,
Lín fēng huái Xiè Gōng.
 
Translator: Red Pine-Bill Porter 赤松

Notes:
From the book Poems of the Masters, China's Classic Anthology of Tang and Song Dynasty verse. One of the best, if not "the best", books of general translations of Chinese poetry. Wonderfully detailed notes on each poem and all poems are displayed in the original Chinese.

Translated by Red Pine, published by Copper Canyon Press.

 
 
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