Spring View by Du Fu

The country is broken, though hills and rivers remain,
In the city in spring, grass and trees are thick.
Moved by the moment, a flower’s splashed with tears,
Mourning parting, a bird startles the heart.
The beacon fires have joined for three months now,
Family letters are worth ten thousand pieces.
I scratch my head, its white hairs growing thinner,
And barely able now to hold a hairpin.

From: http://www.chinese-poems.com/d15.html

Date: 757 (original); 2010 (translation)

By: Du Fu (712-770)

Translated by: Mark Alexander (19??- )

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One Comment to “Spring View by Du Fu”

  1. Thanks for posting, FD. I like Kenneth Rexroth’s version of this poem too.

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