Soughing, the cool breeze blows;
My wooded dell clean grows.
It drives smoke off the rill,
Rolls up mist over the hill,
Leaves no trace when we part,
And moves as if moved at heart.
When sunset calms the scene,
Hear the song of pines green.
The poet praises the breeze which appeals to our eyes by cleaning the dell and to our ears by making the pines sing their green song.
“The Breeze” is the work of Wang Bo, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. It is not only a masterpiece of Wang Bo’s poetry, but also a masterpiece of wind poetry in all generations. The poem is written in the style of “to express the will of the people”, using the wind as a metaphor for people, and using the wind to express the poet’s sentiment of helping the people of the world. The poem is original in intention and ingenious in conception, capturing the cool, delightful and omnipresent characteristics of the autumn breeze, and using anthropomorphism to write about the wind in a generous and selfless manner.