Song of Divination
· Write in Ding Hui Temple in Huangzhou
From a sparse plane tree hangs the waning moon;
The water clock is still and hushed is man.
Who sees a hermit pacing up and down alone?
Is it the shadow of a swan?
Startled, he turns his head.
With a grief none behold.
Looking all over, he won’t perch on branches dead.
But on the lonely sandbank cold.
The poet feels lonely as a swan after his banishment to Huangzhou by the side of the Yangzi River.
The lyrics of “Song of Divination · Write in Ding Hui Temple in Huangzhou” are written by Su Shi, a writer of the Song Dynasty. In the first section, he writes that Hong sees people, and in the second section, he writes that people see Hong, using the image of a lonely Hong on a moonlit night to express his lonely and self-proclaimed state of mind and contempt for the commonplace. The whole lyric makes use of objects to compare with each other, to write the scene and to express the feelings of the people, and to blend the things with me, with a deep and broad meaning, and with a clear and strange style.