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This unique English translation from the chinese language textual content contains 60 poems (85 verses) and 3 prose compositions. It opens a window to the guts and brain of a chinese language student who lived from the past due Qing during the Fifties. It displays the lifetime of a pioneer author of Malayan-Singapore chinese language Literature: his own tragedies, struggles, disappointments and the enjoyment in his family members, associates and his poetry. English factors for plenty of fascinating expressions and allusions utilized in chinese language classical poetry. This name permits an English language reader to benefit from the wealthy and vibrant historical past of chinese language tradition and language. A better half variation of the ebook in chinese language is offered - the unique classical textual content translated into glossy chinese language and profusely annotated through affiliate Professor Dr. Chan Chiu Ming of nationwide Institute of schooling, Singapore.
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Paraphrase L1: It is like an annual appointment with the Moon Fairy Chang-E. L2: When the day comes, we realize that the Mid-Autumn season is with us once more. L3: They glibly say that the time of a full moon is a happy one. L4: On the contrary, it brings me exceptional melancholy. L5: Beneath the dark blue sky on such a night as this, I regret L6: Having wandered alone across the wide blue sea so far away from home. L7: Even though we are thousands of miles apart, I am heartened to think that it is the same brilliant moonlight that we are both looking at.
L7: You are wise to be cautious so that we can protect our privacy (secrecy) in our correspondence, L8: Because our letters are opened even before they are received by us. Background There are three distinct periods in Father’s life when he was separated from his wife and family for an extended length of time. The circumstance of these three periods of separation is more fully explained in the Background in Chapter 2. This poem was composed during the second separation from 1934 to 1936. Father and Mother continued to correspond, he in Malaya and she in Putian with the children, but their correspondence would have been monitored by the local authorities in Putian.
The poem is written in a playful but loving tone. Lines 1 and 2 describe how his wife has converted him to Christianity. Line 1 describes how in the privacy of their bedroom Qing Shan has so often heard his wife tell him about the teachings of her Christian faith. It is only in the evening, when all work is done that they have some quiet time together for such conversation. Line 2 moves quickly on to describe how he is persuaded by her “sermons” and is eventually baptized and received into the Christian faith.