Bamboos in West Garden
Floating clouds protect the moon bright,
They will not let the red door be steeped in her light.
Rats under the dark wall are seen,
Through the torn window fireflies pass,
And flit in stealth by window screen.
Autumn is deep, alas!
I stand on the grass
In the shade of the evergreen trees,
My sleeves feel the soft breeze.
How old is night?
A long way winds across mountains to southern shore.
How could you keep the date of yore?
How can I not shed tears by candlelight
To think with broken heart of you
And read your oldened billet-doux?
No more wild geese will bring your letter to me.
Can dreams on lonely night be free?
This lyric describes a lonely night when the poet thinks of his love far in the south.
“Bamboos in West Garden” is a lyric written by Zhou Bangyan, a lyricist of the Northern Song Dynasty. The upper part of the lyric describes the bleak scene in the study in the clear autumn night, and the lower part of the lyric is about homesickness in the quiet night. This lyric is not as rich and colorful as Zhou’s other lyrics, but is sincere and profound, with a clear and elegant style. In terms of artistic expression, the descriptions are meticulous and accurate, the wording is precise and tight, and the artistic structure is quite full of outlines and dips, and the use of the poetic meaning of the previous poets is natural and unmarked.