The Riverside Village
The winding clear river around the village flows;
We pass the long summer by riverside with ease.
The swallow freely comes in and freely out goes;
The gulls on water snuggle each other as they please.
My wife draws lines on paper to make a chessboard;
My son knocks 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?
“The Riverside Village” 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.