Li Yu: Sorrow of the Separation ~ 李煜 《相见欢·无言独上西楼》 with English Translations

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小编导读:这是作者被囚于宋国时所作。词中的缭乱离愁不过是他宫廷生活结束后的一个插曲,由于当时已经归降宋朝,这里所表现的是他离乡去国的锥心怆痛。这首词感情真实,深沉自然,突破了花间词以绮丽腻滑笔调专写“妇人语”的风格,是宋初婉约派词的开山之作。

李煜 《相见欢·无言独上西楼》

无言独上西楼,
月如钩,
寂寞梧桐深院锁清秋。

剪不断,
理还乱,
是离愁,
别是一般滋味在心头。

Sorrow of the Separation
(To the Tune of Xiangjianhuan)
Li Yu

Silent, solitary,
I step up the western tower.
The moon appears like a hook.
The lone parasol tree locks the clear autumn
in the deep courtyard.

What cannot be cut,
nor raveled,
is the sorrow of separation:
Nothing tastes like that to the heart.

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