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A Scene by Iris Shieh

Iris was in my poetry workshop summer of 2010. She introduced me to the poet Bian Zhilin, one of China’s favorites. Zhilin was a university professor who was greatly influenced by the English Romantics and the French Symbolists. He liked to use strange words, which makes some of his work hard to understand. His translations of Shakespeare and Andre Gide are those the Chinese read.

A Scene has an accessible dreamlike clarity to it and is a very popular poem. Many of my students not only could recite it but were fond of it as well.



Translation of a poem by Bian Zhilin (1910-2000)

断章

卞之琳
你站在桥上看风景,
看风景的人在楼上看你。
明月装饰了你的窗子,
你装饰了别人的梦。


A Scene

You are watching scenery on a bridge.
Someone is watching you from a window.
The moon is part of your view.
You are part of someone’s dream.

Bian Zhilin

Bian Zhilin

Bian Zhilin

Bian Zhilin

2 Comments

  1. Mimi Allin
    Posted 18 Jul ’12 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

    lovely so lovely!!!

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