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Discover the Masterpieces of Xu Zhimo: Selected Poems Dual Language English And Chinese

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Poetry has the ability to transcend borders and touch the hearts of people from different cultures. It is through poetry that deep emotions are expressed, and Xu Zhimo is undoubtedly one of the greatest poets to have ever lived. Xu Zhimo's selected poems in dual language English and Chinese are a remarkable collection that showcases his immense talent and captures the essence of his work.

Born in 1897 in Haining, Xu Zhimo had a brief but impactful life. He was deeply influenced by the Western literary traditions and was one of the pioneers of modern Chinese poetry. Xu Zhimo's poems are characterized by their poignant and evocative language, vivid imagery, and heartfelt emotions.

The collection of Xu Zhimo's selected poems in dual language English and Chinese provides a unique opportunity for readers to delve into the world of his poetry and appreciate the beauty of his words in both languages. It is a testament to his ability to bridge the gap between different cultures and create a universal connection through his art.

Xu Zhimo Selected Poems (Dual Language English and Chinese)
Xu Zhimo - Selected Poems (Dual Language - English and Chinese)
by Александр Николаевич Островский(Kindle Edition)

4.4 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 13927 KB
Screen Reader : Supported
Print length : 78 pages
Lending : Enabled

The Power of Dual Language Poetry

Dual language poetry allows readers to explore the nuances and intricacies of a poet's work in their original language while also offering a translation to make the poems accessible to a wider audience. Xu Zhimo's selected poems in dual language English and Chinese enable readers to appreciate the musicality of his verses, the rhythm of his lines, and the richness of his vocabulary, all while providing a clear understanding of the intended meaning through the translation.

With the English and Chinese versions presented side by side, readers can immerse themselves in the beauty of Xu Zhimo's poetry and gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and linguistic elements that influenced his work. This bilingual format not only caters to Chinese readers seeking to explore English poetry but also to English-speaking readers interested in discovering Chinese literary traditions.

An Emotional Journey through Xu Zhimo's Poetry

Xu Zhimo's selected poems take readers on a profound emotional journey. His words have the power to evoke a wide range of feelings, from a sense of longing and nostalgia to love and awe for nature's wonders. By exploring themes such as love, beauty, and the transient nature of life, he touches upon the universal human experiences that resonate with readers across time and borders.

Through his vivid descriptions and heartfelt expressions, Xu Zhimo captures the essence of human emotions and experiences, providing a glimpse into his own contemplations and struggles. Reading his poems in both English and Chinese allows readers to fully immerse themselves in his world, experiencing the subtle differences between the two languages and appreciating the various layers of meaning behind each word.

Appreciating Cultural Diversity through Xu Zhimo's Poetry

Xu Zhimo's poems not only showcase his personal experiences and emotions but also reflect the cultural diversity of his time. He was an advocate for cultural exchange and embraced the Western literary traditions, infusing them with his own Eastern sensibilities.

His bilingual selected poems bridge the gap between Eastern and Western literary traditions, serving as a testament to the power of cultural exchange and understanding. By reading Xu Zhimo's poems in both English and Chinese, readers can explore the connections and contrasts between these two rich traditions, gaining a deeper appreciation for the beauty and depth of both languages.

Xu Zhimo's selected poems in dual language English and Chinese offer a captivating journey through the world of poetry. The collection not only showcases his immense talent as a poet but also serves as a bridge between different cultures and languages. By delving into his work in both English and Chinese, readers can truly appreciate the beauty of his verses and experience the emotional depth that his poems convey.

Whether you are a lover of poetry, a language enthusiast, or someone seeking to explore the cultural diversity of the written word, Xu Zhimo's selected poems in dual language English and Chinese are an absolute treasure waiting to be discovered.

Xu Zhimo Selected Poems (Dual Language English and Chinese)
Xu Zhimo - Selected Poems (Dual Language - English and Chinese)
by Александр Николаевич Островский(Kindle Edition)

4.4 out of 5

Language : English
File size : 13927 KB
Screen Reader : Supported
Print length : 78 pages
Lending : Enabled

"Outstanding poetry and excellent translations. The poems have a genuine simplicity and force that overlies the genius and layers of the lyrics." ~ Andrew Hamilton



One of the most renowned romantic poets of 20th-century Chinese literature, Xu Zhimo is known for his promotion of modern Chinese poetry and making great contributions to modern Chinese literature.
This selection contains many of his most famous and well-loved works including:

By Chance
You Are in His Eyes
For Whom
The Weak Flame of a Star
A Pipa Tune in an Alley at Midnight

and the seminal 
Saying Goodbye to Cambridge Again

The first English edition of poems by China's foremost modern poet Xu Zhimo, who studied in Cambridge in the early 20th Century. Whilst here he became enchanted by the Romantic poets such as Keats and Shelley; this form of poetry was to infuse his work from that point on, inspiring him to break through traditional Chinese poetic reserve and constraints and changing the medium forever. His poetry is revered by young and old alike in China, but especially amongst the teenagers and young adults.


Xu Zhimo was an early 20th-century Chinese poet who sought to promote a modern Chinese poetry that broke with convention and followed Western forms, especially the style of the Romantic and Symbolist poets, with whose work he fell in love while studying at King’s College, Cambridge in 1922.

Verses from his most famous poem, ‘Saying Goodbye to Cambridge Again’, are inscribed on a monument to him behind King’s College Chapel in the city. In light of his immense and ongoing popularity in China, Xu Zhimo can be counted as one of Cambridge’s most influential alumni.

The Oleander Press is proud to have produced this first collection of his poems with contemporary English translations, alongside many of his translations of the work of his favourite poets.


William Blake - The Tiger
Thomas Hardy - A Week, The Wound, The Division, Her Initials, To The Moon, I Look into My Glass
Katherine Mansfield - The Meeting, The Gulf, Sleeping Together
James Elroy Flecker - Tenebris Interlucentem V. II
Matthew Arnold - Requiescat
Christina Rossetti - Song, The Hour and the Ghost

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