Meeting and Parting with My Cousin
We parted young for ten long years;
Not till grown up do we meet again.
At first I think a stranger appears;
Your name reminds me of your face then.
We talk of changes night and day
Until we hear the evening bell.
Tomorrow you’ll go southward way
Over autumn hills, O farewell!
The poet parted with his young cousin in time of war and met with him ten years later when they were grown up.
The poem “I am happy to see my cousin and say goodbye” is a poem written by Li Yi, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. The poem depicts the poet’s sad scene of meeting his cousin in the midst of the chaos and the hasty farewell, expressing the sincere friendship between relatives and the feeling that life is indefinite, reflecting from the side the suffering caused by social unrest. The whole poem uses condensed language, white descriptions, vivid details and typical scenes to reproduce the unique scene of life’s separation in social turmoil in a clear and layered way, with a strong sense of real life.