Farewell at Night
You are a talent of renown,
Your fame wide spread like bright moonbeams.
I see you off to your home town;
You shine with the moon on all streams.
The poem “Farewell at Night” is a five-line poem written by Yang Jiong, a poet of the Tang Dynasty. It is a poem of farewell. At the beginning of the poem, the poet compares Zhao Zhong with Lian Cheng Bi, using the beautiful jade to compare with a person, which concretizes Zhao Zhong’s style and talent. Only in the second two lines does the poem talk about sending Zhao Zhong back to his old house from the wall to the person, a double entendre, as the person who sent him back to his old house is also the wall, but the person is hidden inside. The concluding lines depict the scene of seeing off Zhao Zong along the river in the moonlight night, which is full of the poet’s deep friendship to his dear friend, pointing out the time of the farewell and implicitly expressing the wish for a safe journey. The poem uses allusions skillfully, and the analogy is appropriate, the language is clear and clear, and the image is vivid and perceptible. The metaphors are easy to understand and the scenes are natural and apt.