Seeing Du Fourteenth off to the East
The east and west are joined by boundless water clear;
On the endless spring river goes the boat you steer.
Where will you moor it at sunset far, far apart?
Can I not gaze far, far away with broken heart!
The poet speaks of his longing for his friend at parting.
The poem “Seeing Du Fourteenth off to the East” is a seven-part poem written by Meng Haoran in the Tang Dynasty. The poem begins with a scene, and through the strong contrast between the vast spring river and a lone boat, it asks a question with deep emotion, in which the poet’s concern and attachment for his friend are expressed to the fullest. The poet looks at the distant boats, and the senders look at the end of the world, but they can’t see anything, so they can’t help but feel like the spring river, surging with emotion. The poem ends with a climax of “broken heart”, in which the poet ends the poem with a long and endless parting of sorrow and hate. The poem is written in prose stanzas, like running clouds and flowing water, almost in the style of a song, which is rich in rhythm.