· Spring Day
A roamer from the east to the west for three years,
Worn out in my blue gown, dusty my hat appears.
Like floating cloud over the ferry of west stream,
Or grass overgrown in Three Gorges, my grief would seem.
From year to year spring plate is as good as spring wine;
We vie to be drunk adorned with ribbons fine.
All of us have grown older by one year today;
I’m not the only one to olden in my way.
The poet describes the grief of a roamer on the Spring Day.
“Magnolia Flower · Spring Day” is a lyric by Lu You, a writer of the Song Dynasty. The first piece of the lyric is about depression and despondency, expressing the anger of having no way to serve the country; the second piece changes the meaning and focuses on the word “spring”, writing with a drunken and crazy attitude. The depression of the whole lyric runs throughout, but the upper and lower pieces look like two pictures and two sentiments at first glance, the upper piece showing a tragic figure who is sad about the country and the time, and who is poor and sad, while the lower piece is a comic figure who wears a silver pennant and is drunk. The two pieces have very different expressions and intricate compositions, showing the author’s high artistic level.