Butterflies in Love with Flowers
Orchids shed tears with doleful asters in mist grey.
How can they stand the cold silk curtains can’t allay?
A pair of swallows flies away.
The moon, which knows not parting grief, sheds slanting light,
Through crimson windows all the night.
Last night the western breeze
Blew withered leaves off trees.
I mount the tower high
And strain my longing eye.
I’ll send a message to my dear,
But endless ranges and streams separate us far and near.
This lyric describes a woman’s grief of parting.
“Butterflies in Love with Flowers” is a lyric by Yanshu, a writer of the Song Dynasty. It is about nostalgia in late autumn. The first piece describes the scenery in the garden, using the technique of transferring emotion to the scenery, injecting the feelings of the main character, and pointing out the separation hatred; the second piece inherits the separation hatred, vividly showing the main character’s look of longing through the eyes by looking at the high building alone, implying the sadness and pain. The whole lyric is deep and gentle, yet wide and far-reaching, with subtlety in the deep and gentle, and connotation in the wide and far-reaching, which well expresses the theme of leaving sorrow and parting hatred.