Chess by Wang An Shi (translation)

A poem by the Song Dynasty poet translated from Chinese to English:


Chess by Wang An Shi (1021-1086)

Let not a game injure true feelings

Submit to chance that calls me the champion

Both colours retreat at the close of campaign

Leaving nought on the scale to show loss or gain

(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017






About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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13 Responses to Chess by Wang An Shi (translation)

  1. taphian says:

    wonderful translation. You really transmit something unknown to me, i.e. Chinese poems. Thanks for sharing, have a nice day, regards Mitza


  2. angela1313 says:

    I play both western and Korean chess which I understand is very similar to Chinese chess so I had extra reason to like this. After reverse engineering the translation I really think this is one of your best. I agree with you and arlingwoman about the author’s thinking.


  3. zdunno03 says:

    Reblogged this on Leonard Durso and commented:
    another translation from Mary Tang on her blog Life is But This

    Liked by 1 person

  4. zdunno03 says:

    Another gem. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. arlingwoman says:

    Ah, good fellowship after a game, rather than grudging good humor disguising bitter competition. We humans have not changed. I see the poet chiding a competitor gently.

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    • Mary Tang says:

      That’s how I’d interpreted it, Lisa though some say that the poet was the loser and he wanted the other to give him the game (“say I’m the winner”) which made no sense to me.

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