Wordplay in Spring-Watching Pavilion

Wordplay Examples in Spring-Watching Pavilion:

Spring-Watching Pavilion 1

"springs..."   (Spring-Watching Pavilion)

In John Balaban’s translation, we can find a double—perhaps even a triple—entendre on the word “springs”: “spring” as in the natural water source; “spring” as in the season in which the poem is set; “spring” in the verb form, which injects an associative jolt of liveliness. It is important to note that this language analysis only draws meaning out of the translated poem, not Ho’s original work.