General Fang’s Steed
The steed from the barbaric west
Has angular frame and strong chest.
Like pointed bamboo its sharp ear,
As swift wind its fleet hoofs, O hear!
The way it runs will never end;
Life or death on it may depend.
When you have such a fiery steed,
You can ride where you will indeed.
The poet writes this poem in praise of the fiery steed of General Feng.
The poem “General Fang’s Steed” is a poem by Du Fu, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. The poem depicts a “Hu horse” with clear bones and galloping for miles, through which the poet expects Fang Bingcao to build a successful career for his country, expressing the poet’s ambitious ideal of galloping in the wind and clouds, as well as showing the poet’s resolute and courageous character. The style of the poem is superb and vigorous, bold and optimistic, and the combination of description and lyricism is natural and seamless.