Yidan Han

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William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) was born in Rutherford, New Jersey. A pediatrician practiced in his hometown, he was a major poet of the Imagist movement and a major writer in the modernist movement, helping to create a clear American voice.


The Act


There were the roses, in the rain. Don't cut them, I pleaded. They won't last, she said But they're so beautiful Where they are. Agh, we were all beautiful once, she said, and cut them and gave them to me in my hand.


玫瑰花,在雨里。 别剪它们,我祈求。 它们撑不了多久,她说 可是它们在那里 很美 哦,我们也都美过,她说, 剪下了它们,还把它们交到 我手里。 (非马 译)


As the cat climbed over the top of the jamcloset first the right forefoot carefully then the hind stepped down into the pit of the empty flowerpot


当猫 爬上 果酱橱 顶 先是右 前足 小心翼翼 接着后足 踩落 到空 花盆的 陷阱里 (非马 译)

This Is Just to Say


I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold


我吃了 冰箱 里面的 李子 那些 你也许 留起来 当早餐 原谅我 它们很好吃 又甜 又冰 (非马 译)

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