Strolling Alone among Flowers by Riverside
Along the Yellow Path flowers are overgrown,
Thousands of them in full blossom weigh branches down.
Butterflies linger, now and then they dance along;
Golden orioles warble with ease their timely song.
The seven poems of the poet Du Fu of the Tang dynasty are a collection of seven poems. The first poem is about the reason of searching for flowers alone, starting from the annoyance of flowers; the second poem is about the number of flowers when walking to the riverside; the third poem is about the flowers in some houses, which are red and white and overwhelming; the fourth poem is about looking at the flowers in Shaocheng and imagining the flowers and people’s happiness; the fifth poem is about the peach blossoms in front of Huang Shi Tower; the sixth poem is about the flowers in Huang Siniang’s house; the seventh poem summarizes the appreciation, love and cherishing of flowers. The first four poems of the group are about annoying flowers, fearing spring, reporting spring, and pitying flowers, which reveal sad feelings; the last three poems show the joy of enjoying flowers and imply that it is hard to keep spring light. The whole poem is a clear and well-structured picture of a solitary walk in search of flowers, expressing Du Fu’s love for flowers, his lingering in a beautiful life and his hope that good things will always be there.