Du Fu Poem: The Riverside Village – 杜甫《江村》












[1] 清江:清澈的江水,指浣花溪。

[2] 曲:曲折。

[3] 长夏:长长的夏日。

[4] 稚子:幼小的儿子。

[5] 微躯:微贱的身体。这是诗人的一种谦词。

The Riverside Village

Du Fu

See the clear river wind by the village and flow!

We pass the long summer by riverside with ease.

The swallows freely come in and freely out go.

The gulls on water snuggle each other as they please.

My wife draws lines on paper to make a chessboard;

My son bends a needle into a fishing hook.

Ill, I need only medicine I can afford.

What else do I want for myself in my humble nook?

This poem describes the thatched hall built in 760 and the leisurely life of the poet.


Jiangcun” is a poem written by Du Fu, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. The poem was written in the summer of 760, the first year of Emperor Su Zong’s reign, when the author’s Chengdu Cao Tang Hall had just been built, so the author made this poem to express his feelings through the scenery, expressing a relaxed mood. The first couplet describes the environment, and the word “hold” is exquisitely used, vividly depicting the mood of the stream tightly surrounding the river village. In the first couplet, the swallows come and go, the gulls and birds are close to each other, and the quietness of the river village scenery leaps off the page. The neck line is about the seclusion of people: the old wife draws a chessboard, and the young son bends a needle as a fishing hook, each having his own pleasure, which leads to the contented state of mind in the last line. The poem is well-structured and the language is fluent, which is quite interesting in life.

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