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Chinese poem illustration: 初发扬子寄元大校书 Writing to Mr. Yuan After
Weighing Anchor from Yangtze by Wei Yingwu

初发扬子寄元大校书

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A parting poem(赠别诗) wrote just after the poet departed. It sounds a little bit sadness with peaceful scenic view along the water way. With a second recite, the profound feeling shows its real face a little bit by a little bit.

On a homeward bound boat, normally it is of happiness and joy. Yet, the famous second pair sentence looks a bit strange , the poet was not enjoying the journey at all , he just look back to the trees on Yangtze pier until he could not see it, he just listen to the sound of temple bell until it fading away. The scenic and peaceful view turned to be bitterness and sadness of parting with his best friend.

By digging to the poet and history background, I would consider the mysterious Mr. Yuan has a great possibility to be poet’s brother-in-law. The intimacy and love between them , plus the uncertainty life of war time, both of them might take this parting as forever. The background, the talented writing all make this one touching so much.

初发扬子寄元大校书
韦应物

凄凄去亲爱,
泛泛入烟雾。
归棹洛阳人,
残钟广陵树。

今朝此为别,
何处还相遇。
世事波上舟,
沿洄安得住。

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