Willow Tips Green
With sword in sleeve, I croon and fly
Over two lakes deep, deep in autumn dye.
Of Yueyang Tower from the height,
I see the vast expanse of rippling light,
The breeze affords me great delight.
I need not mount with wine;
I’d ask who’d drink with me and write verse fine.
The world has changed not the Queen’s Isle
Seeing the past and present with a smile.
The poet visits the Queen’s Isle where the two wives of Emperor Shun drowned themselves after the emperor’s death, He fancies himself to be an immortal in the first line.
” Willow Tips Green Yueyang Tower ” is a lyric composed by Dai Fugu of the Southern Song Dynasty. In the first piece, the lyricist looks far into the distance with a bold and magnificent mood, depicting the autumnal colors of Dongting with blue waves; in the second piece, the lyricist laments that the rivers and mountains are still the same, but all the people are different, expressing his lonely and miserable mood. The two pieces of the poem are strongly contrasting, but they both revolve around the climbing of Yueyang Tower, thus the meaning of the poem runs through and the beginning and the end correspond to each other.