The Street of Mansions
Beside the Bridge of Birds rank grasses overgrow;
Over the Street of Mansions the setting sun hangs low.
Swallows which skimmed by painted eaves in days gone by,
Are dipping now in homes where humble people occupy.
The Street of Mansions were inhabited by the noble and the rich during the Jin Dynasty (280—420).
Wuyi Lane” is one of the masterpieces of the Tang Dynasty poet Liu Yuxi, the second poem in a group of poems entitled “Five Questions of the Golden Lings”. This poem is a reminder of the prosperity of the Zhuque Bridge on the Qinhuai River and the Wuyi Lane on the south bank of Nanjing in the past, but now the weeds are overgrown and desolate, lamenting the vicissitudes of the sea and the changes in life. The author chooses the usual phenomenon that the master’s house where the swallows live is no longer the master of the old days, so that people realize that it is difficult to keep the wealth and glory, and that those dignitaries and noblemen who were once prosperous are like passing clouds of smoke, becoming a relic of history. The poem does not have a word of discussion, but through the description of weeds, sunset, swallows as a witness to the rise and fall of the prosperity, cleverly linking history and reality, leading people to think about the development of the times and social change, containing a profound moral. Although the language is extremely shallow, the taste is infinite.