Green Jade Cup
Never again will she tread on the lakeside lane.
I follow with my eyes
The fragrant dusts that rise.
With whom is she now spending her delightful hours,
Playing on zither string,
On a crescent-shaped bridge, in a yard full of flowers,
Or in a vermeil bower only known to spring?
At dusk the floating cloud leaves the grass-fragrant plain;
With blooming brush I write heart-broken verse again.
If you ask me how deep and wide I am lovesick,
Just see a misty plain where grass grows thick,
A townful of willow down wafting on the breeze,
Or drizzling rain yellowing all mume-trees!
This lyric is wellknown for the poet compares his lovesickness to overgrown grass, wafting willow down and drizzling rain which yellows mume trees.
” Green Jade Cup” is a work by He Chuan, a lyricist of the Song Dynasty. This lyric expresses the author’s “idle sorrow” through the description of the scenery in late spring. The upper part of the poem is about the disappointment of meeting a beautiful woman on the road and not knowing where to go, and it also implicitly reveals his feelings of sinking into the bureaucracy and not meeting his talent; the lower part of the poem is about the infinite sorrow caused by longing, which expresses the loneliness of living in seclusion and the accumulation of emotions that are difficult to express. The whole lyric is a fictional account of the love for each other and a real expression of the “idle sorrow” of being depressed and unmotivated, with a novel idea and rich imagination, which has been widely recited.