To the Moon Goddess
Upon the marble screen the candlelight is winking;
The Silver River slants and morning stars are sinking.
You’d regret to have stolen the miraculous potion;
Each night you brood over the lonely celestial ocean.
According to the myth, the archer who had shot down nine suns hod miraculous potion, but his wife stole it, flew to the moon and became the lonely moon goddess.
“To the Moon Goddess” is a poem written by Li Shangyin, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. This poem is about the loneliness of Chang’e in the moon and expresses the poet’s self-sentimental feelings. The first two lines describe the indoor and outdoor environment respectively, rendering the empty and cold atmosphere and expressing the mood of the main character’s wistfulness; the second two lines are the main character’s thoughts after a night of painful reminiscence, expressing a sense of loneliness. The poem is sentimental in tone, rich in meaning, whimsical and realistic.