Seeing off a Recluse
Green, green the temple amid bamboos,
Late, late bell rings out the evening.
Alone, he’s lost in mountains blue,
With sunset his hat is carrying.
This quatrain is picturesque to show a recluse carrying sunset on his hat amid bamboos.
The poem “Seeing off a Recluse” is a poem by Liu Changqing, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. The poem consists of four lines, the first two of which are about Ling Che’s desire to return to the Bamboo Forest Temple, and the second two lines are about the poet’s seeing Ling Che off to his home, expressing the poet’s sadness and reluctance to part with his friend, and expressing his deep affection for Ling Che. The poem is purely about writing scenery, like a picture, expressing emotions through scenery, with exquisite conception, refined language, simple and beautiful, and leisurely mood, and it is a poem of farewell with deep feelings and a wonderfully composed landscape painting.