by Li-Tai-Po (701 - 762)
Translation © by Jasmine Wiese

Language: Chinese (中文) 
Available translation(s): ENG


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  • ENG English (Jasmine Wiese) , "Question and Answer in the Mountains", subtitle: "In the Mountains", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Fan Yang

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Question and Answer in the Mountains
Language: English  after the Chinese (中文) 
Ask me why I reside on Bi Mountain,
[and] I will smile without replying [for I am] at peace.
Peach blossoms float downstream,
[This is] a paradise without people.

Subtitle: "In the Mountains"

Translator's notes:
Title Line: Literally: In the Mountains, Asking [and] Answering
Line 1: Bi can be literally translated as “verdant,” but “Bi Shan” refers to the mountain where Li Tai Po (Li Bai, Li Bo) studied/lived (in seclusion) and wrote poems; It is now called Bai Zhao Mountain near Yandian (town), Hubei (province), China.
Line 4: More literally, the magnificent space where the poet resides, untouched by humanity


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This text was added to the website: 2020-01-07
Line count: 4
Word count: 29