The River All Red
· The Red Cliff
Passing the head of the Cliff Red,
Can I forget the bygone days,
When the young general spread his heroic rays?
Thousands of steeds roared like tigers by riverside;
Hundreds of ships in wrath with fish and dragon vied.
Rolling long wave on wave,
They beat the foe so brave.
What happens nowadays?
The ferry on the tide
And roads by riverside
Have witnessed all
Dynasties’ rise and fall.
Seeing the relics of war,
We understand history all the more.
How many times has changed the world which raves!
A thousand years have passed away with the waves.
I ask the roadside willow trees:
“For whom are you swaying in vernal breeze?”
The poet passing by Red Cliff thinks of General Zhou who won the war in 208.
“The River All Red · The Red Cliff” is a Song lyric by Dai Fugu of the Southern Song Dynasty. The first piece of the poem remembers the battle of Red Cliff in the Three Kingdoms, and praises Zhou Yu’s masculinity of “swallowing the region” and burning Cao’s troops. In the second piece, the author expresses his deep concern about the current situation by searching for traces of the past and lamenting the rise and fall. The style of the lyrics is bold and robust, and the language is simple and natural, which makes it a good piece of wistful lyrics.