Ten long, long winters in northern town I did stay;
My heart cried out for my southern home night and day.
Now as I cross the river, farther north I roam;
My heart cries out for northern town as for my home.
This quatrain describes well a roamer’s psychology.
The poem “Farther North” is a poem by Jia Dao (or Liu Soap), a poet of the Tang Dynasty. This poem is about the poet’s feelings when he left his hometown and lived in Bingzhou for a long time, and then crossed the Sanggan River in the north, expressing the author’s longing for his hometown and his despondent feelings about his fate. The poem is simple in language and sincere in emotion, without using any rendering brush to deliberately describe, but in the way of confession, with a strong artistic impact.