江畔独步寻花: Walking Along The Riverbank Alone Enjoying The Flowers (by 杜甫 Du Fu)

*poem mentioned in Chaos of Beauty chapter twenty-three

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{{Walking Along The Riverbank Alone Enjoying The Flowers}}

[If] not for loving flowers, [then it will be] longing till death,

Only afraid that flowers are a reminder of old age.

[Flowers on] luxuriant branches easily descends one after another, (All flowers bloom so brilliantly so that when time passes by they can urgently descend to the ground)

[I want to] discuss with budding flowers to open little by little. (If so, then I would like to discuss with the budding flowers, is it possible to bloom a little slower)


《江畔独步寻花》       Jiāng Pàn Dú Bù Xún Huā

不是爱花即欲死,         (Bù shì ài huā jí yù sǐ)
只恐花尽老相催。         (Zhǐ kǒng huā jǐn lǎo xiàng cuī)
繁枝容易纷纷落,         (Fán zhī róng yì fēn fēn luò)
嫩蕊商量细细开。         (Nèn ruǐ shāng liáng xì xì kāi)


Du Fu actually wrote a set of seven poems under the same title, and the lines comes from the final one of them, number seven of seven.

The first poem speaks of enjoying the view of flowers alone is due to being annoyed by the flowers; the second poem speaks of the many flowers seen by the riverside; the third poem speaks of how a particular family’s flowers are richly red and white, and how busy they are to attend to all of them; the fourth poem describes overlooking a small town of flowers, thinking of people’s joy over the flowers blooming; the fifth poem speaks of the plum blossoms in front of the Huang Shi Tower; the sixth poem speaks of Huang Si Niang (the poet’s neighbour)’s home filled with flowers; and the seventh poem summarises his admiring of flowers, love for flowers, cherishing of flowers.

Poem and explanation translated from: http://baike.baidu.com/view/155873.htm

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