Green Jade Cup
·Written on a Hill House
Leaves fallen from the creekside trees
Run riot in the breeze;
I see autumn in yellow chrysanthemums shy.
How can I clean my dusty sleeves?
Horse hoofs seem lost
In heavy frost,
The village on lonely pathway grieves,
Cocks crow at the waning moon in the sky.
Rank and fame are not won
By the hard-working one.
Ten years later I come again, slow I remain.
Do not dance but drink your cup dry.
The splendor of six dynasties is gone in vain
With the running water of the stream.
I feel on earth all like a dream.
The poet sighs for autumn and for the ten years of his official life.
This is a song written by Zhang Ju in the Song Dynasty. The first part of the song is a picture of a deserted village, and the second part of the song is a deeper and deeper story, which seems to be straight and condescending, and it seems to be a deeper and deeper story, which includes a deep feeling about the passing of time and the impermanence of life, a sarcastic warning to those villains who have a momentary success in the officialdom, a worry about the fate of the country and the future of the individual, and a complex lament about his own misunderstanding by the “Confucian crown”. The complex thoughts and feelings are vividly expressed. The rhyme scheme of this piece is distinctive, with “tree, place, go, road, mistake, Xu, dance, and twilight” rhyming with upward-sounding words, which has a kind of “hurrying but not yet comfortable, going but not returning” sound and feeling. The emotion of generosity has a stronger impact.