Thinking of My Dear Departed （Ⅳ）
No water’s wide enough when you have crossed the sea;
No cloud is beautiful but that which crowns the peak.
I pass by flowers which fail to attract poor me
Hail for your sake and half for Taoism I seek.
The poet no longer loves nature as before after the death of his dear wife but tries to seek consolation from Taoism.
Five Songs of Separation is a set of poems written by Yuan Zhen, a poet of the Tang Dynasty, to mourn the death of his wife. The poet employs the simile technique of “to set up emotions with things”, and uses a precise and alert phrase to praise the love between husband and wife, and express the poet’s undying love and bitter longing for his late wife Wei Cong.