English poetry

Poems in English

Green Mountain

You ask me why I dwell in the green mountain; I smile and make no reply for my heart is […]

Drinking Alone

I take my wine jug out among the flowers To drink alone, without friends. I raise my cup to entice […]

Summer in the Mountains

Gently I stir a white feather fan, With open shirt sitting in a green wood. I take off my cap […]

To His Two Children

In the land of Wu the mulberry leaves are green, And thrice the silkworms have gone to sleep. In East […]

For Meng Hao-Jan

I love Master Meng. Free as a flowing breeze, He is famous Throughout the world. In rosy youth, he cast […]

Down from the Mountain

As down Mount Emerald at eve I came, The mountain moon went all the way with me. Backward I looked, […]

Nefarious War

Last year we fought by the head-stream of the Sang-kan, This year we are fighting on the Tsung-ho road. We […]


I sat srinking and did not notice the dusk, Till falling petals filled the folds of my dress. Drunken I […]

She Spins Silk

Far up river in Szechuan, Waters rise as spring winds roar. How can I dare to meet her now, To […]

Marble Stairs Grievance

On Marble Stairs Still grows the white dew That has all night Soaked her silk slippers, But she lets down […]

Autumn River Song

The moon shimmers in green water. White herons fly through the moonlight. The young man hears a girl gathering water-chestnuts: […]

To Tan-Ch’iu

My friend is lodging high in the Eastern Range, Dearly loving the beauty of valleys and hills. At green Spring […]

A Vindication

If heaven loved not the wine, A Wine Star would not be in heaven; If earth loved not the wine, […]

Mountain Drinking Song

To drown the ancient sorrows, We drank a hundred jugs of wine There in the beautiful night. We couldn’t go […]

Good Old Moon

When I was a boy I called the moon a White plate of jade, sometimes it looked Like a great […]

Through the YangZi Gorges

From the walls of Baidi high in the coloured dawn To Jiangling by night-fall is three hundred miles, Yet monkeys […]

Chiang Chin Chiu

See the waters of the Yellow River leap down from Heaven, Roll away to the deep sea and never turn […]

Taking Leave of a Friend

Blue mountains lie beyond the north wall; Round the city’s eastern side flows the white water. Here we part, friend, […]

Song Of The Jade Cup

A jade cup was broken because old age came Too soon to give fulfilment to hopes; after drinking Three cups […]

To Wang Lun

I was about to sail away in a junk, When suddenly I heard The sound of stamping and singing on […]

Quiet Night Thoughts

Before my bed There is bright moonlight So that it seems Like frost on the ground: Lifting my head I […]

Bathed and Washed

“Bathed in fragrance, Do not brush your hat; Washed in perfume, Do not shake your coat: “Knowing the world Fears […]

On Dragon Hill

Drunk on Dragon Hill tonight, The banished immortal, Great White, Turns among yellow flowers, His smile wide, As his hat […]

Under the Moon

Under the crescent moon’s faint glow The washerman’s bat resounds afar, And the autumn breeze sighs tenderly. But my heart […]

Going Up Yoyang Tower

We climbed Yoyang Tower with All the scene around coming Into vision; looking up the Great River seeing boats turn […]

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