Seeing Yuan the Second off to the Northwest Frontier
No dust is raised on the road wet with morning rain;
The willows by the hotel look so fresh and green.
I invite you to drink a cup of wine again;
West of the Sunny Pass no more friends will be seen.
This is a most popular farewell song often sung at parting.
The poem “Seeing Yuan the Second off to the Northwest Frontier” is a seven-line poem written by the Tang Dynasty poet Wang Wei. The first two lines of the poem are about the scenery of the post hall in Weicheng, and describe the time, place and atmosphere of the farewell; the second two lines turn to the sadness of the farewell, but without the word sadness, and only use the cup of wine to express the strong and deep feelings of parting. The poem is written in a clear and natural language, with a blend of scenery and rhythm, and has a strong artistic impact.