Song of Divination
· Random Thoughts
Long, long ago General Li was famed for his force,
Captive, he escaped by taking a Tartar horse.
Another Li was a man of common clay,
Yet he became minister ennobled in his day.
I mow the root of grass wet with dew,
And cleave bamboo to make tiles new.
If the court needed men to till the land,
I would be the best hand.
The poet complains of his being unemployed as General Li Guang unennobled.
The first piece of the poem is a poem written by Xin Qiji, a lyricist of the Song Dynasty. In the first piece of the poem, through the strong contrast between the different talents of Li Guang and Li Cai in the Han Dynasty and their opposite encounters, the lyrics denounce the principle of using the real tigers but not the flattering ones in the Southern Song Dynasty. The next piece uses the reasoning of weeding and irrigation as a metaphor for the need to get rid of the old and bring in the new, and to solve the problem of accumulation. The lyrics are very concise and concise, accurate and vivid, showing the author’s linguistic artistry, both in terms of allusion and analogy.