Untitled by Feng Xiao Qing (translation)

Feng Xiao Qing (1595 – 1692)  was a female poet, a legendary beauty and concubine in the Ming Dynasty.  It was said that little of her work remained because her husband’s jealous first wife burnt most of them.  The Peony Pavilion mentioned in her poem refers to the famous play written by Ming Dynasty playwright and poet Tang Xian Zu 唐顯祖.  Read one of his translated poems here.

 

Untitled by Feng Xiao Qing 

Silently the cold rain is hitting the darkened window

Languorously I lit a lamp to read the Peony Pavilion

Here is someone more possessed than I on this earth

How can it be that I have the only broken heart?

Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017

 

無題。馮小青

冷雨幽窗不可聽,挑燈閑看牡丹亭。

人間亦有痴於我,豈獨傷心是小青?

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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9 Responses to Untitled by Feng Xiao Qing (translation)

  1. Nice alliteration in the second line – I suspect a clever translation

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  2. zdunno03 says:

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

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  3. Beautiful. Thanks for bringing this back up after 400 years for us to read it, and for your translation of course!

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  4. arlingwoman says:

    Certainly a cry in the dark, this one. How can it be that I have the only broken heart. Well, as a Saul Bellow character once said, “more people die of heartbreak than nuclear radiation.”

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