Song of River Bian
The River Bian flows eastward, overwhelmed with spring;
To dust have gone ruined palaces and their king.
Don’t gaze afar from the long bank of willow trees!
The willow down will grieve your heart when blows the breeze.
The River Bian refers to the canal built by the pleasure-making Emperor Yong of the Sui Dynasty(581—618), which was soon overthrown by the up-rising armies.
“Song of River Bian” is a seven-part poem written by Li Yi in Tang Dynasty. This poem describes the scenery around Bianhe River, and the whole poem draws out the feelings of hanging from the Bianhe River and the vicissitudes of history from the Bianhe River in front of us, with euphemisms and twists and deep feelings. The poet uses the contrast technique to contrast the spring color of Bian River with the dust of Sui Palace to make the history lesson of Emperor Yang’s self-destruction more profound, and the feeling of the rise and fall of Sui dynasty is a symbol of the worry of the prosperity and decline of Tang dynasty, which is far-reaching.