Tao Yuanming: Back to Countrylife (4) ~陶渊明 《归园田居其四》 with English Translations

小编导读:《归园田居其四》是东晋诗人陶渊明创作的组诗作品。此诗共十六句八十字,诗中借凭吊故墟,描写了农村残破荒凉的景象,反映了当时广大农民的悲惨遭遇。诗人因此感叹人生无常,思想比较消极。

陶渊明 《归园田居其四》

久去山泽游,浪莽林野娱。
试携子侄辈,披榛步荒墟。
徘徊丘垅间,依依昔人居。
井灶有遗处,桑竹残朽株。
借问采薪者,此人皆焉如。
薪者向我言,死没无复余。
一世弃朝市,此语真不虚。
人生似幻化,终当归空无。

Back to Countrylife (4)

After a prolonged absence,
For the wilds my passion I indulge.
Sons and nephews tagged along,
Through thickets we reach a ruined spot.
Over grave-mounds we loitered and sites,
Bearing signs of former life:
Scattered traces of hearths and wells,
Decayed bamboo and mulberry stems.
“Where have the people gone? ”
I asked a nearby woodsman.
“All dead and done.”
He replied.
“Within a generation change court and town”
Is an old saw all too true.
Life is like a melting dream,
To naught the living will fall back.

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