Around the cottage like Tao’s autumn flowers grow;
Along the hedge I stroll until the sun slants low.
Not that I favor partially the chrysanthemum,
But it is the last flower after which none will bloom.
Tao refers to the poet Tao Yuanming, well-known for his love of chrysanthemums.
“Chrysanthemums” is a poem written by Yuan Zhen, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. The poem first describes the abundance of chrysanthemums in autumn, their blooming like Tao Yuanming’s house, and the poet’s leisurely mood when looking at the flowers intently; later, from the perspective that chrysanthemums fade the latest, he writes his own unique reason for loving chrysanthemums, implying his praise for the strong character of chrysanthemums that fade in the end after the cold. The whole poem has a novel and natural idea, clever writing style, elegant and simple language, and has a rhythm.