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Li Qingzhao
1084-1151



Theme:  Bad  Times
NOTES:
Li Qingzhao (1084-1151), also known as Li Ch'ing and Yi'an Jushi, was a Chinese writer of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). She is considered one of the most gifted poets and literary scholars of her time, reflecting a passion for prose, prosody, and art that she shared with her husband, Zhao Mingcheng (1081-1129), also a superb scholar and writer.
 
These poems by Li Qingzhao were written as lyrics for music of her day (in Chinese, of course), as was the case with much of classic Chinese poetry.  The titles/labels were often given by anthologists,  alluding to a theme of the poem.  
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Autumn (Wang)
Autumnal Tints (Wang)
Double Ninth Month (Wang)
Early Plum Blossom (Wang)
Late Spring (Wang)
Reminiscence (Wang)
Separation (Wang)
Separation II (Wang)
Solitude (Wang)
Solitude II (Wang)
Spring Ends (Wang)
Spring Thoughts (Wang)
The frangrance of faded plum blossoms (Wang)
The Third Day of  the Third Lunar Month (Wang)
To The Late Peony
(Wang)
Waiting (Wang)
Nostalgia
Tune: Bodhisattva's Gold Headdress
Li Qingzhao (1084-1151)
translated by Jiaosheng Wang


Early springtime finds me
In a somewhat cheerful mood.
There's a bit of chill, though, on getting up,
and the plum blossom in my hair
Has wilted.
 
My old home -- where may it be?
There's no forgetting about that
Unless I am drunk.
No scent left of the sandalwood incense
Lit overnight,
But the effect of wine
Is with me still.



from The Complete Ci-poems of Li Qingzhao: A New English Translation by Jiaosheng Wang (Sino-Platonic Papers: Number 13, October, 1989) Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 2.5 License.


         
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