He Zhu: Zhegutian ~ 《鹧鸪天·重过阊门》 贺铸 with English Translations

《鹧鸪天·重过阊门万事非》是宋代词人贺铸为悼念亡妻赵氏而作。全词写得很沉痛,十分感人,是唐宋之后悼亡诗歌中不可多得的名篇。当时贺铸不久因事要离开夫妇共居的苏州时,痛感物是人非,满腹辛酸无处倾诉,只能发出“同来何事不同归”的哀叹。聆听着南窗的夜雨,遥想当年妻子在深夜里为自己补衣的情形,作者沉痛地表现出了对亡妻患难与共、相濡以沫之情的深切怀念。在表现手法上,此词将赋比兴三者参酌运用,丰富了情感表现手段,增强了艺术感人力量。

《鹧鸪天·重过阊门》 贺铸

重过阊门万事非,
同来何事不同归,
梧桐半死清霜后,
头白鸳鸯失伴飞。
原上草,
露初晞,
旧栖新垄两依依。
空床卧听南窗雨,
谁复挑灯夜补衣?

Zhegutian
He Zhu
Again, I pass Suzhou1, when all’s wrong with me.
Both came but only one left: how could that be!
I’m like a mandarin duck without its mate;
Or tung trees, after frost, in half-dying state.
I’m like meadow grass from which dew has just gone.
hence, towards the old house—the new grave—I feel drawn.
Sleepless in bed alone, brooding o’er the past.
I listen to rainfall, as long as it last.
Now, who’d trim the wick; do the mending for me;
In other ways, make my home, as it should be?
1. Suzhou: a tourist city in Jiangsu Province. East China, known for its beautiful scenery, esp. its gardens.

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