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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
On Seeing the Portrait of a Beautiful Concubine
By Florence Ayscough and Amy Lowell, trans.
 
From “Chinese Written Wall Pictures”

Ch’en Hung-Shou—Nineteenth Century

FINE rain,
Spring mud
Slippery as bean curds.
In a rose-red flash, she approaches—
Red like wine;        5
Tottering as though overcome with wine.
Her little feet slip on the sliding path—
Who will support her?
Clearly it is her picture
We see here,        10
In a rose-red silken dress,
Her hair plaited like the folds
Of the hundred clouds.
It is Manshu.
 
 
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