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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
From the Straw Hut among the Seven Peaks
By Florence Ayscough and Amy Lowell, trans.
 
From “Chinese Written Wall Pictures”

Lu Kun—Nineteenth Century

I
FROM the high pavilion of the great rock,
I look down at the green river.
There is the sail of a returning boat.
The birds are flying in pairs.
The faint snuff color of trees        5
Closes the horizon.
All about me
Sharp peaks jag upward,
But through my window,
And beyond,        10
Is the smooth, broad brightness
Of the setting sun.
 
II
Clouds brush the rocky ledge.
In the dark green shadow left by the sunken sun
A jade fountain flies,        15
And a little stream,
Thin as the fine thread spun by sad women in prison chambers
Slides through the grasses
And whirls suddenly upon itself
Avoiding the sharp edges of the iris leaves.        20
Few people pass here.
Only the hermits of the hills come in companies
To gather the Imperial Fern.
 
 
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