Li Shangyin: Mengze Marsh ~ 《梦泽》 李商隐 with English Translations

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《梦泽》是唐代诗人李商隐所写的一首咏史诗。此诗乃诗人于大中二年(848)北归时目睹荒凉的梦泽时有感所写。诗歌用辛辣的语调讽刺了楚灵王的昏庸无道,并对渴求宠幸的宫女的愚昧麻木表达了深深的谴责和惋惜。

《梦泽》 李商隐

梦泽悲风动白茅,楚王葬尽满城娇。
未知歌舞能多少,虚减宫厨为细腰。

Mengze Marsh
Li Shangyin

The grass trembles before a mournful wind o’er the lakeshore;
Here a king of Chu buried all the pretty girls of his capital.
Although none of them knew how long she could dance for the king,
For thinning their waists, their food was stinted—what was the good after all?

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