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李白 山中問答 translation: Questions and Answers in the Mountains, by Li Bai

This is a translation and annotation of the poem 山中問答 (Shānzhōng Wèndá) by the Chinese Tang dynasty poet 李白 (Lǐ Bái).

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Floating Blossoms

山中問答 Shānzhōng Wèndá [mountain] [in] [question] [answer] Questions and Answers in the Mountains

問余何意棲碧山, Wèn yú hé yì qī bì shān, [ask] [me] [what] [meaning] [live] [blue jade] [mountain] You ask me why I live in the blue-green mountains;

笑而不答心自閒。 Xiào ér bù dá xīn zì xián. [smile] [and] [not] [answer] [heart] [self] [leisure] I smile and do not answer, my heart at leisure.

桃花流水窅然去, Táohuā liúshuǐ yǎo rán qù, [peach] [blossom] [flow] [water] [remote] [-ly] [go] Peach blossom on flowing water goes distantly;

別有天地非人間。 Biéyǒu tiāndì fēi rénjiān. [separate] [have] [heaven] [earth] [not] [person] [space] this is not heaven or earth, nor the place of people.

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