Memories at Jinling
The tide overwhelms the forge’s site,
The tower drowned in slanting sunlight.
The islet covered with grass green,
And hills are veiled by a smoke screen.
Man decides a state’s rise and fall,
Hills and streams can do nothing at all.
O hear the captive ruler’s song!
How can you bear his grief for long?
Jinling was the capital of six dynasties (220—604). The last ruler fond of pleasure-making became a captive and the place where weapons were forged was overwhelmed by the tide.
The first half of the poem is about the scenery of the Six Dynasties. The first half of the poem is about the scenery seen and the famous places in Jinling related to the Six Dynasties, in order to imply the cause of the rise and fall of a thousand years; the second half of the poem reveals the main theme of the poem through discussion and emotion, drawing on the past to satirize the present. The second half of the poem reveals the main theme of the poem through discussion and emotion. The whole poem is well-crafted and deeply emotional.