Arriving at Mount Wu Yi by Li Shang Yin (translation)

This poem by the Tang Dynasty poet Li Shang Yin has also been attributed to the Song Dynasty poet Lu You. Here is a photograph of a tablet that bears the text of the poem followed by Lu’s name and the title of the poem, signed by the calligrapher.  Is something true because it is carved in stone?  I am not an academic so I will let others decide.


Edit:  for some reason an earlier draft was published and the translation disappeared – here it is again:

Arriving at Mount Wu Yi by Li Shang Yin

Before I reached the great mountain a dream appears

A thousand peaks surge upwards like rough-hewn jade

All night the wind blows rain into my curtained shelter

As if to purge the grime of mortals from this traveller

(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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8 Responses to Arriving at Mount Wu Yi by Li Shang Yin (translation)

  1. I love your blog, Mary. It puts me in a peaceful place every morning.

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  2. zdunno03 says:

    Reblogged this on Leonard Durso and commented:
    another translated by Mary Tang from the Chinese on her blog Life is But This

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  3. arlingwoman says:

    Wow. Mountains of jade and the grime of mortals. This one is amazing, and I like that photo, too.

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  4. “…to purge the grime of mortals” is fantastic, whoever wrote the original!

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