Quite Night Thoughts (by Li Bai)

Quite night thoughts poem is one of the most popular quatrain of Chinese. Written by Li Bai also called as Li Po from Tang dynasty. This poem is written in many Chinese middle schools textbooks as one of the many poems to start with.

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李白《静夜思》
Jìng Yè Sī
Quiet Night Thoughts

床前明月光,
Chuáng qián míng yuè guāng
In front of my bed is the bright moonlight


疑是地上霜。
Yí shì dìshàng shuāng
I suspect it is frost on the ground.

舉頭望山月,
Jǔ tóu wàng shān yuè
I raise my head to look at the mountain moon,

低頭思故鄉/
低头思故乡。
Dītóu sī gùxiāng
Then I lower my head, thinking of my hometown.


李白《静夜思》
Jìng Yè Sī
Quiet Night Thoughts

床前明月光,
Chuáng qián míng yuè guāng
In front of my bed is the bright moonlight


疑是地上霜。
Yí shì dìshàng shuāng
I suspect it is frost on the ground.

舉頭望山月,
Jǔ tóu wàng shān yuè
I raise my head to look at the mountain moon,

低頭思故鄉/
低头思故乡。
Dītóu sī gùxiāng
Then I lower my head, thinking of my hometown.

床前明月光
Chuáng qián míng yuè guāng

By: Li Bai
李白

ANALYSIS:
The setting is inside a bedroom at nighttime; the time that everyone supposes to go to sleep. The poet was ready for bed, but he was not asleep. Something was disturbing him. What was the disturbance? Wait, it was not the loud music songs played on the radio. To understand this we must go back to Chinese culture in which the full circle of moon shape means a complete family. This means everyone is at home. Therefore Li Bai was disturbed because he lift his head and saw a complete circle of moon but he wasn’t home.

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