Written on My Neighbor’s Wall
No moss grows under your thatched eaves oft swept clean;
Flowers and trees you planted flank your pathway new.
Your fields are girded with a stream of water green;
Two high peaks towering in front exhale the blue.
Two Poems on the Wall of Mr. Huyin” is a poetic work in seven lines composed by Wang Anshi, a writer and politician of the Northern Song Dynasty. Both poems are wall poems, of which the first one is widely circulated. The first two lines of the first poem write about the environment of his house, which is clean and secluded, suggesting the elegance of the master’s life; the second two lines turn to the outside of the courtyard, writing about the deep affection of the landscape for Mr. Huyin, alluding to allusions, turning the landscape into an image with life and feelings, and the landscape taking the initiative to be close to the man, which is the expression of man’s nobility. The poem not only praises the owner’s simplicity and hard work, but also expresses the poet’s tranquil state of mind when he retires and lives in leisure, enjoying the endless pleasures from the idyllic landscape and interactions with the common people. In the second poem, the author condenses the general feeling of his eyes and ears into twenty-eight words. Although the poem is written in a moment, it shows the author’s mind is as fine as a hair. The last part of the poem is about a broken dream, which has the meaning of “I didn’t know I was a guest in my dream”.