Wen Yiduo

(1899_1946 / Xishui County, Hubei)

Wen Yiduo
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Wen Yiduo (born. 24 November 1899 – 15 July 1946) was a Chinese poet and scholar.

Wen was born "Wén Jiāhuá" on 24 November 1899 in Xishui County, Hubei. After receiving a traditional education he went on to continue studying at the Tsinghua University.
In 1922, he traveled to the United States to study fine arts and literature at the Art Institute of Chicago. It was during this time that his first collection of poetry, Hongzhu ( "Red Candle"), was published.
In 1925, he traveled back to China and took a university teaching post. In 1928, his second collection, Sishui ( "Dead Water"), was published. His poetry is influenced by Western ... more »

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Perhaps you have wept and wept, and can weep no more.
Perhaps. Perhaps you ought to sleep a bit;
then don't let the night hawk cough, the frogs
croak, or the bats fly.

Don't let the sunlight open the curtain onto your eyes.
Don't let a cool breeze brush your eyebrows.
Ah, no one will be able to startle you awake:
I will open an umbrella of dark pines to shelter your sleep.

Perhaps you hear earthworms digging in the mud,
or listen to the root hairs of small grasses sucking up water.
Perhaps this music you are listening to is lovelier
than the swearing ...

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