Evening View of a Snow Scene
Cane in hand, I gaze on fine snow;
Cloud on cloud spreads over the creek.
To snow-covered cots woodmen go;
The sun sets on the frowning peak.
In the wildfire bums the grass dried;
Mid rocks and pines smoke and mist rise.
Back to the temple by the hillside,
I hear bells ring in evening skies.
This poem is written after the poet’s failure in the civil service examinations.
A poem in five lines is written by Jia Dao, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. It is a poem about scenery. The title of the poem explains the two kinds of scenery written in the poem: clear snow and twilight. The first couplet states the main idea and background, the middle two couplets describe the scene in the snow, and the last couplet describes the poet’s return to the mountain temple with a sound image. This poem depicts a cold and silent picture of an empty mountain at night. The verses are outlined in light strokes, and the imagery is cold and craggy, empty and silent.